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Dumbarton Oaks Mentorship Program for East-Central European Scholars | Apply by May 12

Co-Organized with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700

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Co-organizers: Tomasz Grusiecki (Boise State University), Suzanna Ivanič (University of Kent), Nikos D. Kontogiannis (Dumbarton Oaks), Maria Alessia Rossi (Princeton University), Alice Isabella Sullivan (Tufts University)

We invite applications for a remote four-session mentorship program tailored to East-Central European scholars, with a special focus on those affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This program is meant to offer professional development and workshop opportunities around the following topics:

  • Publishing in top academic journals and books
  • Writing successful grant applications
  • Preparing successful job documents
  • Presenting at conferences

Each professional development event will include presentations from experts and opportunities for Q&A and feedback. These events will be followed by one-on-one mentoring sessions, which are intended to expand on the feedback received, while offering additional tailored guidance for each participant. There might be the possibility for an in-person gathering of all participants upon the completion of the program.

The four sessions will take place in Fall of 2024 (September-November) and Spring of 2025 (February-April). Participants must attend all workshops and mentoring sessions to complete the program successfully. Upon completion, each participant will receive a certificate.


The successful applicants should be advanced PhD candidates (within 1 year of completion of their degrees) or junior-level scholars (up to 5 years since graduation with a doctoral degree).

We encourage historians and art historians with a specialty in the medieval or early modern visual culture of East-Central Europe to apply to this program. Preference will be given to scholars whose work has been disrupted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. We also welcome applicants from East-Central European countries (including but not limited to Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia) who have been traditionally underrepresented in Anglo-American academic circles. We anticipate selecting 6-8 participants for this program.


To apply, please use the online Embark portal to upload a one-page letter of interest with details about your research, skills, and reasons for participating; a CV; and the names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted to provide support letters, if needed, by May 12, 2024.

2023-2024 Participants

  • Oleksii Rudenko, Central European University
  • Yuliia Koniva, University of Rouen Normandy
  • Anastasiia Korokhina, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Olha Chaplia, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
  • Artemii Plekhanov, Independent Scholar
  • Anastasiia Saienko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev
  • Elena Malysheva, Università degli Studi di Milano

Research Grants (2022-2023)

Dumbarton Oaks is committed to the support of scholarship around the world. In 2022 and 2023, Dumbarton Oaks offered a limited number of research grants to scholars affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The grants were open to scholars active in any of the three areas of studies supported by Dumbarton Oaks: Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies.

Grants Awarded

  • Cardinal Methodological Issues of the Study of post-Byzantine Painting in Ukraine
    Dr. Alina Kondratiuk, National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts, Kyiv
  • “Byzantine style” in the monuments of church architecture of the Balkan ethnic groups in Tavriya (the second half of the 19th - the first half of the 20th centuries)
    Dr. Volodymyr Milchev, Zaporizhzhia National University
  • Precious Metals, Gemstones and Jewelry as a Subject of Specialization of the Byzantine Market in the 4th-9th Centuries
    Prof. Kateryna Sorochan, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Manifestations of Hesychasm Ideas in 15th-century Paintings in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Luzhany
    Dr. Oksana Sadova-Mandyuk, Iv. Trush Lviv Professional College of Decorative and Applied Arts
  • Emperors and Mercenaries (970–1081): Civil Wars and Revolts in Byzantium
    Dr. Oleksandr Fylypchuk, Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
  • The Byzantine-Bulgarian Relationship 9-10th. The Specifics of the Byzantine "Realpolitik" Strategy
    Kostiantyn Bardola, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Political Instrumentalization of Byzantine History in the Russian Empire, The Soviet Union and the Post-Soviet Space (XIX - XXI Centuries)
    Maryna Domanovska, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • The Florentine Union: its Reception in Central and Eastern Europe
    Dmytro Hordiienko, M.S. Hrushevs’ky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Critique of “Byzance après Byzance”
    Cyril Hovorun, University College Stockholm
  • (Post-)Byzantine Akathistos Cycles and the Natural World: an Ecocritical Interpretation
    Nazar Kozak, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Liturgical Textiles and their Role in the Evolution of the Altar Space of a Christian Temple
    Yuliia Matvieieva, O. M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • The Monasteries of Xilurgu and Rusik on Mount Athos and their Relations with the Kiev State of Rus in the Tenth - Thirteenth Centuries
    Serhii Shumylo, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Kyivan Christianity in Galicia during the 11th – the Mid-13th Centuries
    Myroslav Voloshchuk, Vasyl Stefanyl PreCarpathian National University