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Support for Research

Opportunities for scholars at Dumbarton Oaks

Apply for fellowships, one-month research awards, and project grants


Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks.

See here for a list of current fellows.

One-Month Research Awards

One-Month Research Awards support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or appropriate final degree, working on research projects that require use of Dumbarton Oaks’ books, objects, or other materials in the collections of the library or museum.

Project Grants

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or equivalent final degree. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies support advanced graduate students preparing for their PhD general exams, writing doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees. Each residency provides up to four weeks of lodging and weekday lunches. Applications must be submitted at least sixty days before the preferred residency dates.

Summer Programs

Summer seminars and workshops provide opportunities for intensive work on language and material culture, as well as interdisciplinary dialogue.

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