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Fellowships and Awards

“The distinction of the scholars themselves as well as of their writings; the interpretation of the texts and the arts; the quality of the music performed; the free discussion within the limits of good deportment, and the whole tempered by the serenity of open spaces and ancient trees; all these are as integral a part of Humanism at Dumbarton Oaks as are the Library and the Collections.”
Mildred Barnes Bliss

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The Dumbarton Oaks fellowship program began in 1940 with a cohort of five junior Byzantinists, its mission to facilitate, disseminate, and advance research in the Humanities. Today, and with this same aim, our programs award over 150 appointments annually in the expanded fields of Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies. Residential fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study to scholars from around the world. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks offers one-month nonresidential awards to researchers and short-term predoctoral residencies to advanced graduate students. A program of project grants primarily supports archaeological research, as well as materials analysis and photographic surveys of objects and monuments. Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory.


“Books, gardens and material culture at the Museum; what else could a humanist ask for? Good conversation, interesting scholars, and most of all, diverse friends.”

—Dumbarton Oaks Fellow, 2019



Eligibility

Dumbarton Oaks welcomes applicants at all scholarly stages from across the globe. Please visit individual award pages for more information on appointments, amenities, terms, and visas.

Scholars with a terminal degree (e.g., PhD or MLA) at the time of application are eligible for:

  • Fellowships and Summer Fellowships
  • I Tatti–Dumbarton Oaks Joint Fellowship for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies and Mellon Summer Fellowships in Urban Humanities
  • Flora Clancy Summer Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers
  • Project Grants
  • Summer schools and workshops

Currently enrolled graduate students are eligible for:

  • Junior Fellowships (post-generals PhD) and Summer Fellowships
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies and Mellon Summer Fellowships in Urban Humanities
  • Flora Clancy Summer Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers
  • Bliss Symposium Awards
  • Summer schools and workshops

Currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible for:

  • Bliss Symposium Awards
  • Select summer schools and workshops



Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are awarded 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.

Academic Year or Semester

Research Fellowships

Available to Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships) or to degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships). Both categories are awarded for an academic year or semester. Apply by November 1.

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I Tatti–Dumbarton Oaks Joint Fellowship for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Available to early-career scholars (PhD received in or after 2012) whose work explores cross-cultural contacts in and beyond the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean. Apply by November 1.

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Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies

Available to cross-disciplinary scholars, with preference for candidates with terminal degrees (PhD or MLA). Awards are for a semester or academic year. Apply by November 1.

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Summer Term

Summer Fellowships

Available to researchers in Byzantine and Pre-Columbian studies at all career stages beyond the first year of graduate school. Apply by November 1.

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Flora Clancy Summer Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers

Available to scholars in the field of Maya Studies on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate study (post-Licenciatura) who are academically based in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador. Apply by November 1.

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Mellon Summer Fellowships in Urban Humanities, “Landscapes of Civil and Human Rights”

Available to scholars engaged in narratives and counter narratives of remembering, studying, and stewarding the legacy of civil rights histories and their place-narratives in the United States. Apply by November 1.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities are available for students scholars at all career stages who desire to take advantage of the resources at Dumbarton Oaks for periods shorter than an academic year or semester. Due to the present travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19, several short-term opportunities are paused for the 2022–2023 academic year. Please visit our website for future updates regarding these awards.

One-Month Research Awards

Available to scholars with a terminal degree and provide $3,000 in funding.

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Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies

Available to advanced graduate students preparing for general exams, writing dissertations, or expecting final degrees. Awards are for 2–4 weeks and provide accommodation and library access.

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Summer Schools and Workshops

Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory. Opportunities include the Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, the Plant Humanities Summer Program, and summer schools in Byzantine Greek, Syriac and Armenian, and Byzantine coins and seals. Opportunities will be posted in the fall.

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Virtual Bliss Symposium Awards

Available to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to attend Dumbarton Oaks’ virtual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies.

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Project Grants

Available to cover direct costs of scholarly projects in the areas of study Dumbarton Oaks supports. Restrictions vary by program. Grants provide $3,000–10,000 in reimbursement upon submission of receipts. Apply by November 1.

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