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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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2020 Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac and Armenian Summer School

July 13–August 7, 2020 | Intensive four-week courses in Syriac and Classical Armenian for doctoral candidates or recent PhD recipients who can demonstrate the need for either language in their research. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. Apply by February 15, 2020.

2020 Byzantine Greek Summer School

June 29–July 24, 2020 | Intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and introduction to paleography and Byzantine book culture. Approximately ten places will be available, with priority going to students without ready access to similar courses at local or regional institutions. Applications due February 1, 2020
Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020

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.





Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. The manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection available as digital facsimiles and accompanying high-resolution images may be explored online.

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of more than one hundred and fifty select titles in the Rare Book Collection, relating to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies, through this searchable resource.

Byzantine Seals

An ongoing project to record the 17,000 Byzantine lead seals held by Dumbarton Oaks and publish them online. Browse the collection, learn about sigillography, and explore highlights.