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Garden and Landscape Studies Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in Garden and Landscape studies for the academic year, a single term, and summer terms. Fellowships are for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research; Junior Fellowships are for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university.
The fellowship program in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks seeks a balance between historical research and investigations of current practice, between inquiries at the scale of the garden and those addressing larger landscapes. The program invites consideration of all aspects of this interdisciplinary and international field: agricultural, architectural, art historical, botanical, cultural, ecological, economic, geographical, horticultural, social, and technological. Fellows are encouraged to consider topics from a variety of perspectives, including design, patronage, iconography, ideology, reception, preservation, landscape performance, and user experience; and using methods from other relevant fields of the humanities (art and architectural history and criticism, literary studies, philosophy) and of the social sciences (social history, cultural geography, cultural studies, social anthropology). Complementing a traditional focus on garden history, the program invites research into the histories of landscape architecture and culturally-significant landscapes of all kinds.

Recently, following the award of a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks launched a new interdisciplinary fellowship program in urban landscape studies, which will involve new semester-long fellowships to be shared among designers and academics and shorter-term invitational residencies for senior practitioners. Bringing together landscape architects and historians, this program will promote an understanding of cities as landscape systems by inviting engagement with such topics as topography, hydrology, climate, and urban form; landscape and public history; the urban/rural interface; urban biodiversity; productive urban landscapes; the repurposing of derelict urban spaces; and informal urbanism. In these ways, the program seeks to enlarge the discourse of landscape urbanism, still relatively professionalized and Western in focus, to encompass a wide range of cultures and topics.

Lists of current and former Fellows, Junior Fellows, and Visiting Scholars and their research topics are available by year in the left-hand menu. For information about applying for a fellowship or short-term residency, see here. Applicants should pay particular attention to the additional notes available here.

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