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Research Fellowships

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

The information below refers to our 2021–2022 award cycle, which is now closed. Please visit this page in late spring for updated information regarding our 2022–2023 fellowship and grant competition. Applications will be due November 1.

Successful applicants for the 2021–2022 academic year will be notified prior to their appointments regarding any impacts on their award resulting from local and university guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

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Fellowships and Junior Fellowships

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 13, 2021, to May 13, 2022). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Awards may also be made for a single term (either September 13, 2021, to January 7, 2022, or January 24 to May 13, 2022).

Support includes a stipend of $21,000 for a Junior Fellow or $35,000 for a Fellow for the full academic year; housing (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); lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available economy airfare or 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, may be provided for Fellows and Junior Fellows if support cannot be obtained from other sources (such as a Fulbright travel grant). Reimbursement of Visa fees is also provided for Fellows, but not for dependents.

Fellowships are prorated for appointments shorter than the full academic year. Dumbarton Oaks anticipates that sabbatical salary or funds from other sources may supplement awards, particularly to Fellows. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

For junior fellowship applicants, graduate transcripts must be uploaded to the Embark application portal by the November 1 deadline.


Please note that five years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and reappointment to a Fellowship. 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. Two years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and the offer of a One-Month Research Award. 


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.