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

Available for scholars engaged in narratives and counternarratives 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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Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks has received a major award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a new interdisciplinary program in urban landscape studies. For an overview of the program, click here.

In partnership with the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, we will be hosting a “Landscapes of Civil and Human Rights” Summer Fellowship program in summer 2022. We are seeking scholars engaged in narratives and counternarratives of remembering, studying, and stewarding the legacy of civil rights histories and their place-narratives in the United States. This program builds on the Mellon Initiative in “Democracy and the Urban Landscape” as well as on the  Fall 2021 Garden and Landscape colloquium “Landscapes of Civil Rights in the District of Columbia.” Drawing from the work of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites that advances the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage places commemorating American civil rights histories and Black heritage, the program will consider those working with a broad diversity of communities, including those who do not traditionally define their struggles for sovereignty and rights as a part of the civil rights movement. The work might address questions of land sovereignty and practices of property claim. Furthermore, the program is interested in a spectrum of perspectives, including scholars and practitioners focused on questions of place identification, documentation, and interpretation as well as the construction of theoretical foundations. To expand and enhance the scholarship, the program will facilitate field trips both locally and regionally to explore issues and solutions and raise awareness of civil rights histories across communities.

Mellon Summer Fellowships in Urban Humanities are for scholars holding a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MLA) or degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree.

  

Terms

Summer Fellowships will be awarded for the summer term (June 13 to August 5, 2022). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote themselves full-time to their research projects without undertaking other major activities.

Mellon Summer Fellows will receive a stipend in the amount of $5,000; lunch on weekdays; and housing on campus (a housing allowance may be offered instead of housing if Dumbarton Oaks is unable to provide accommodations). Successful applicants from the greater Washington metropolitan area will not be offered housing. Fellows may also be offered reimbursement for travel expenses directly associated with taking up the fellowship (lowest available economy airfare, rail travel, or mileage if less than the equivalent economy airfare), up to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel, if support cannot be obtained from other sources. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

Please note that three years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and appointment to a Summer Fellowship; likewise three years must elapse between the end of a Summer Fellowship and appointment to a Fellowship.

  

Applications

Please read and follow the online instructions. Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by November 1. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants and are also due November 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced by March and must be accepted by the end of the month. External committees of scholars decide the awards. Individuals currently affiliated with Dumbarton Oaks are not eligible for the fellowship and project grant programs. For further inquiries, please see Frequently Asked Questions for Fellowship Applicants or contact FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org.

 

Visas

For non-US citizens, Dumbarton Oaks provides J-1 visas for the term of the Fellowship appointment, as part of our US Department of State–designated Exchange Visitor Program. Please be advised that scholars who have been in the United States with J status within the past 12 months may not qualify for a Dumbarton Oaks J-1 visa unless they were in the United States for a total time of less than six months. These individuals and all other non-US citizens are strongly urged to check their prospective visa status for the requested period of the Fellowship prior to submitting an application.

 

Roberto Gutiérrez, “Cesar E. Chavez Avenida [Cesar E. Chavez Avenue],”
Roberto Gutiérrez, “Cesar E. Chavez Avenida [Cesar E. Chavez Avenue],” 1994, screenprint, 23 15/16 x 26 1/8 in., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas. © Roberto Gutiérrez

 

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