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Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residencies

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Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residencies for advanced graduate students who are preparing for their PhD general exams, writing their doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees in the field of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape studies. Students who plan to conduct research in the fieldwork and photo collections, the rare book collection, or the museum collections are particularly encouraged to apply. The general library collections at Dumbarton Oaks contain more than 210,000 items in a variety of formats, while our rare book collection holds more than 10,000 volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, and blueprints. We welcome and encourage you to peruse our holdings in advance via the HOLLIS catalogue found here. Due to the short-term nature of the award, we are unable to process inter-library loan requests.  Each residency provides two to four weeks of single accommodations and lunches on weekdays (with the exception of scheduled refectory closures). In addition, a Reader badge for access to the Library will be issued for the period of the residency.

Successful applicants for residencies will be eligible to apply a second time before they receive their PhD degrees. The award of a residency does not preclude a subsequent award of a junior or a regular fellowship or a One-Month Research Award. Upon completion of the residency, recipients are asked to submit a research report to the Director of Study, and to provide future degree completion and subsequent position placement information to the program.

Application Procedure

Applicants must send the following to the appropriate Director of Studies at least 60 days before the preferred residency dates:

  1. Letter of Request. Specify:
    • the desired period of stay (with alternatives, if possible; please note that awards terms are not offered between December 15–January 15)
    • the purpose of the visit (e.g. to read for general exams or to conduct research for the dissertation)
  2. A brief curriculum vitae. List:
    • address and telephone number
    • education, awards and honors
    • present and past positions, if applicable
    • publications, conference presentations, field research, etc.
    • description of language competences
  3. In addition, applicants must ask their academic adviser to send a letter of recommendation directly to the appropriate Director of Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

The three programs (Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, Pre-Columbian) also offer residential fellowships during the summer and academic year. 

Please send all required materials to:

Director of [Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden and Landscape] Studies
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

        or digital copies to:

Byzantine Studies

Garden and Landscape Studies

Pre-Columbian Studies


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Important Dates for Fellowships and Grants

February 1: Mellon Fellowship applications due

March 1: One-Month Research Award applications due (for July 1–December 20 award periods)

Early March: Fellowship applicants notified (from previous year’s applications)

June 1: Project Grant reports and receipts due (from previous year’s awards)

By October 1: Project Grant applicants contact Director of Studies to discuss project

October 1: One-Month Research Award applications due (for January 15–June 30 award periods)

November 1: Fellowship applications due