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2022 Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac and Armenian Summer School

July 11–August 5, 2022 | Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)

Building on six summers of success, HMML in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks announces an intensive four-week course introducing the Syriac language and intermediate Armenian for the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac or Armenian in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

Approximately ten places will be available for each language. If on-site, costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks. 

The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

COVID-19 Notice

Although Dumbarton Oaks hopes to offer on-site accommodation and instruction, due to the ongoing pandemic and the possibility of travel restrictions, the program may have to take a hybrid or virtual form. Successful applicants will be notified of any developments.

Course Offerings

Sessions are held Monday–Friday in the morning and afternoon. Total instruction time equals 110 hours.

Prerequisites for the introductory Syriac and intermediate Armenian language classes differ, and some preparation will be required before arrival, as directed by the instructors. 

By the end of the course, students will be fully equipped to continue reading on their own or to enter reading courses at other institutions. 

Faculty

Accommodations and Costs

Students will be housed in dormitory apartments on the Saint John’s University campus. Each participant will have an air-conditioned, private bedroom and bathroom, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities. A meal contract at the college Refectory will be provided. All expenses will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks, apart from travel to and from Saint John’s University. 

All participants must submit proof of full vaccination status to participate in the course. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be either enrolled graduate students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Armenian for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Armenian for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to learn Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions.

Application Procedure

Applications are due February 4, 2022, and should include the following: 

  • Letter of no more than two single-spaced pages describing the applicant’s academic background, including language skills, and an explanation for why learning Syriac or Armenian is important for future research and teaching. Address letter to Father Columba Stewart, OSB, HMML Executive Director.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A transcript of graduate school coursework for those who are currently doing graduate study. This is not required for those who completed a PhD.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applicants: Please send all materials as email attachments to scholarlyprograms@hmml.org with either “Armenian 2022 Summer School” or “Syriac 2022 Summer School” in the subject line.

Letter of Recommendation Authors: Please send all materials as email attachments to scholarlyprograms@hmml.org with either “Armenian 2022 Summer school + applicant’s name” or “Syriac 2022 Summer School + applicant’s name” in the subject line. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the author of the letter to HMML.  

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Syriac or Armenian, and research promise. Awards will be announced by February 28 with an acceptance deadline of March 11, 2022.