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Byzantine Studies

The Byzantine Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks, since its establishment in 1940, has supported a continuous program of residential fellowships and academic events to enable historical, philological, art historical, archaeological, and theological research into the civilization of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth to the fifteenth century, together with its interactions with neighboring cultures. 

Fellowships and Awards

Support comes in many forms through a variety of our programs, tailored to fit the individual needs of senior scholars, midcareer researchers, dissertation writers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

Research Fellowships

Available to scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships); to degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships); or to scholars beyond the first year of graduate school (Summer Fellowships). Apply by November 1.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities are available to students and scholars at all levels, ranging from symposia travel awards, 2–4 week predoctoral residencies, one-month research awards, summer fellowships, and summer programs in Byzantine coins and seals, Byzantine Greek, and Syriac and Coptic.

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Project Grants

Project grants primarily support archaeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost. For Byzantine project awards, priority is given to small projects, start-up support for new projects, or for the final push for completion. Apply by November 1.

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Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast

In an effort to keep moving forward, within the new parameters of COVID-19, the Byzantine Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks has devised virtual encounters with scholars that will inform, entertain, and challenge the Byzantine scholarly community and colleagues in the arts and the humanities more broadly. Find out more, and listen to the most recent episode below.

All Episodes

Oct 30, 2020

Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion

Four scholars engage in conversation about research on gender, sexuality, emotions, and devotion.
Nov 05, 2020 - Nov 06, 2020

People and Power in Byzantium

Bringing together specialists who investigate the formation of groups based on shared purpose, this colloquium raises important issues of scope regarding the methodology and interpretive models for the study of Byzantine society.
Nov 18, 2020

“The chatter, dialogue, and squabble of the Byzantine corridors of power”: Writing History in the Aftermath of Mantzikert (1071)

Eric McGeer honors John Nesbitt, a distinguished Byzantine historian and scholar in Byzantine sigillography, and discusses their book “Byzantium in the Time of Troubles: The Continuation of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes (1057–1079).”

Hagia Sophia Webinar

We are delighted to announce that the Hagia Sophia webinar recording is now available online. This introductory webinar, held on September 1, 2020, brought together four distinguished scholars who have actively promoted research on the Hagia Sophia, covering historical facts, Dumbarton Oaks’ involvement, and the issues related to the recent reconversion of the monument.


Recent Byzantine Publications

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Resources for Byzantinists

Discover select research projects and resources for Byzantinists below, or view all.

Resources for Byzantine Hagiography

Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database, translations of Byzantine saints’ lives, and related publications from Dumbarton Oaks


Hagia Sophia Resources

Digitized resources in the Dumbarton Oaks collections related to the church of Hagia Sophia


Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

Primary sources and secondary literature related to Byzantine gender, including women, eunuchs, and masculinity.