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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.

Fellowship Opportunities

Research Fellowships are 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). The I Tatti–Dumbarton Oaks Joint Fellowship is for early-career scholars whose work explores cross-cultural contacts in and beyond the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean and who received a PhD in or after 2012. Apply by November 1.

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, and summer programs in Byzantine coins and seals, Byzantine Greek, and Syriac, Armenian, and Coptic.

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.

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.

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Scholarly Activities

Byzantine Studies offers a range of scholarly programming, including annual symposia and colloquia, public lectures, workshops, and summer schools. View upcoming and past activities, and watch recordings of selected recent events

Mar 24, 2022

The Gold of Banjska

Ivan Drpić examines the use of gilding in medieval Serbian wall painting.
Apr 29, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022

Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent

Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand how the Byzantines perceived the universal claim of their empire and their church.


Recent Byzantine Publications

Search all publications, explore series, and learn how to publish with Dumbarton Oaks.


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