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Bliss Symposium Awards

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce a new program of travel grants for Harvard students wishing to attend the annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C. A listing of these symposia, including the dates and topics, is available at: (by research department, under the heading “Scholarly Meetings”). The awards offer reimbursement up to $500 for the cost of travel to Washington D.C., local accommodation, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance. Symposium registration fees are waived for holders of the Bliss Symposium Awards. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with a portion of the conference, such as registration and/or facilitating the discussion periods.

To be eligible to compete for a Bliss Symposium Award, applicants (and recipients) must be currently-enrolled graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors at Harvard University. Preference will be given to students in concentrations relevant to the programs of study at Dumbarton Oaks. Candidates should prepare an application consisting of a brief cover letter stating why the conference is of interest, a curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation, which should be from the applicant’s advisor or department chair. Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the symposium, and should be marked “Bliss Awards” and directed to the appropriate study program:;; Referees should be instructed to send their letters of recommendation directly to the appropriate email address above. Recipients of the Bliss Symposium Awards are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. No housing will be available at Dumbarton Oaks during the symposia. Funds will be disbursed only after the successful applicant has submitted a travel expense form and original receipts.

For additional information, please contact the relevant study program at Dumbarton Oaks:

Read about the symposium experience of past Bliss award recipients, here and here.


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