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Bliss Undergraduate Research and Writing Awards

The Bliss Undergraduate Research and Writing Awards are designed for undergraduate students who are in the process of planning and/or writing their senior theses or junior research papers.

The Bliss Undergraduate Research and Writing Awards are designed for undergraduate students who are in the process of planning and/or writing their senior theses or junior research papers. We welcome students conducting research on any topic for which the resources at Dumbarton Oaks will be helpful. Information about our collections and areas of study can be found on our website.

The library includes holdings in the art, archaeology, history, and literature of the Pre-Columbian and Mediterranean worlds, as well as in Garden and Landscape studies (including the study of urban landscapes). Our Rare Book Collection contains unique materials in all three fields. The Museum comprises Pre-Columbian, Byzantine, and House collections; students are encouraged to consider its objects when conducting research. The Dumbarton Oaks Archives and the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) may also be used to address research questions about both the deep past and the twentieth century. Our library holdings are available on HOLLIS, and finding aids and collection information for the archives, museum, and ICFA are available on our website. The strongest applications will make a solid and detailed case for the importance of Dumbarton Oaks’ collections to the student’s research project.

Recipients will receive a stipend for travel to and from Dumbarton Oaks (up to $400), lodging for up to seven nights, and subsidized weekday lunch in our campus Refectory ($6 per person) during their stay. For the 2017–2018 school year, we will be accepting applications for stays that fall between March 10 and 18.

Applicants should submit (1) a résumé, (2) a one-page statement that describes their project and research plan at Dumbarton Oaks, and (3) one letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor or department chair, preferably in one attachment, to: FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. Applications are due February 1, 2018.