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Postgraduate Fellowships in the Humanities at Dumbarton Oaks

Support the humanities, expand your skills, and explore future careers.

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute, museum, and historic garden in Washington, DC, affiliated with Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies through its fellowship programs, publications, scholarly meetings, and exhibitions.

The Postgraduate Fellowships are for recent Harvard College graduates who wish to develop and apply their research and professional skills while gaining experience, building a portfolio of successful projects, and contributing to the humanities. These Fellowships emphasize the development of foundational and specific technical skills that enhance the career readiness and employability of liberal arts graduates.

Postgraduate Fellowships are one-year appointments (potentially renewable for a second and final year). They carry a stipend of $40,000/annum; a medical insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and a modest research allowance. We offer daily lunch to all fellows in our Refectory. Postgraduate Fellows are responsible for their own housing. The Fellowship year begins in early September 2018.

Eligibility

Candidates who have received a Harvard undergraduate degree within the past 3 years are eligible to apply. Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Application

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation (preferably as one PDF document) to FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org by May 14. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit work samples and will be contacted for phone interview.

2018–2019 Fellowship Opportunities

Digital Media Fellow

Crimson Careers ID: 92691

The Digital Media Fellow will undertake photography, video, and social media projects that showcase Dumbarton Oaks’ research activities and collections. Regular activities will include recording and disseminating lectures and events; devising new ways of highlighting exhibits; and coming up with ideas for conveying the research conducted at Dumbarton Oaks to the public. The Digital Media Fellowship is meant to provide career development opportunities in fields such as communications, media production, video and audio editing, videography/photography, and museum education/outreach. Examples of video and digital media projects undertaken by recent Fellows can be viewed here and here.

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong video shooting, editing, and narrative storytelling skills
  • Strong photography skills
  • Ability to conceive and develop projects in new and innovative ways
  • Strong judgment and confidence, ability to work independently in the field
  • Enthusiasm for using social media as a tool for education and communication
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability and desire to learn new software and technologies quickly and adapt to change
  • Experience with Final Cut, Premiere, or similar video editing software
  • Experience with other Creative Cloud applications (such as Audition, AfterEffects, Photoshop, Illustrator) is desirable.

Writing and Reporting Fellow

Crimson Careers ID: 92692

The Writing and Reporting Fellow will play an important role in communicating the research, exhibitions, and publications of Dumbarton Oaks to other scholars and to the broadest possible audience. The Fellow will write and report regularly for the monthly institutional newsletter and website; produce copy for promotional purposes; collect, curate, and schedule social media content; and contribute to social media strategy (e.g., managing Instagram takeovers, producing podcasts). The Writing and Reporting Fellowship provides career development opportunities in fields such as journalism, editing, marketing, communications, and museum education/outreach. You can read some of the content produced by recent fellows here.

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to conceive and develop projects in new and innovative ways
  • Strong judgment and confidence, ability to work independently in the field
  • Enthusiasm for using social media as a tool for education and communication
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Some experience interviewing an advantage
  • Some experience producing regular copy for a print or online publication an advantage.

Public Programming and Outreach Fellow

Crimson Careers ID: 92693

The Public Programming and Outreach Fellow will help design, deliver, and evaluate immersive, high-engagement K–12 educational programming based on our museum and garden collections. This programming is offered through partnerships with local non-profit organizations and schools such as the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative; Horizons Greater DC; Hyde-Addison Elementary; the International High School at Langley; Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School; and other organizations. The Fellow will also conduct research into community activities and programs in museum/historic garden settings that can inform innovative programming at Dumbarton Oaks and will support and facilitate contact with the DC cultural community. The Public Programming and Outreach Fellowship provides career development opportunities in fields such as museum education/outreach, visitor engagement, communications, and curriculum development.

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to conceive and develop projects in new and innovative ways
  • Strong judgment and confidence, ability to work independently in the field
  • Prior experience with museum education and visitor engagement; community outreach; communications, or similar desirable, but training and mentorship will be provided.

Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellow

Crimson Careers ID: 92696

The Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellowship provides an opportunity for candidates with strong quantitative skills to apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the arts and humanities programming at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will play a key role in fostering a culture of evaluation and data-gathering across the institution by collecting, analyzing, and presenting metrics about all aspects of our public engagement to help us track development and impact over time. The Fellow will also research and develop new evaluation toolkits for our scholarly programming and develop ways of collecting input from visitors to the museum, garden, and scholarly events. The Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellowship provides career development opportunities in fields such as data collection and analysis, museum programming, and audience evaluation and reporting.

Candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated interest in the humanities, e.g., through a minor or joint degree, or through robust extracurricular involvement in the arts and humanities
  • Ability to integrate quantitative and qualitative results to form a cohesive and comprehensive evaluation of programs
  • Strong communication skills with emphasis on data management and analytical capabilities
  • Strong research skills coupled with equally strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Some project management experience an advantage, but training and mentorship will be provided.