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2019 Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop

Dumbarton Oaks
May 12  –  June 1, 2019
Applications due March 15, 2019

To develop the field of garden and landscape studies across different disciplines and to promote the depth and breadth of future landscape scholarship, Dumbarton Oaks, with the support of the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies and in collaboration with the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, will offer an intensive three-week Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop from May 12 to June 1, 2019.

Workshop Offerings

Bringing together early-career scholars and practitioners who are pursuing cross-disciplinary research on landscape-related topics, the workshop will focus on key issues and texts in landscape history and theory, situating garden and landscape design in the context of humanities scholarship: from the idea of the Three Natures to the ecological challenges of the Anthropocene and the discourse of landscape urbanism. Special emphasis will be laid on the study of urban landscapes.

Participants, typically doctoral candidates in early or advanced stages of writing dissertations and current MLA candidates or recent recipients of MLA degrees, will be invited to share among themselves selected aspects of their work; these morning presentations will be supplemented by afternoon seminars led by Dumbarton Oaks staff and invited scholars.

The program will also include two study sessions in the Rare Book Reading Room at Dumbarton Oaks, site visits in the Washington metropolitan area (including the National Mall, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, and Meridian Hill Park), and a three-day stay at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, Virginia, focused on the issues of conservation biology. During their residency at Dumbarton Oaks, workshop’s participants will have access to the institute’s library resources and its celebrated gardens designed by Beatrix Farrand.

Accommodation and Expenses

Dumbarton Oaks will provide accommodation in Washington, DC, reimbursement of round trip economy-class travel expenses to Washington, DC (up to $1,600 for international travel, $1,000 for domestic travel), lunches on weekdays, and round trip transportation to and lodging in Upperville, VA. 


Prospective candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a five-hundred-word abstract of the dissertation (in the case of MLA holders and students, a statement of research interests that would demonstrate a developed research agenda), and a current CV. All materials should be emailed in a single PDF file to and received by Friday, March 15, 2019; please write “2019 Graduate Workshop” in the subject line. Two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by referees to

International candidates are eligible to apply; however, Dumbarton Oaks does not sponsor J visas for this program. Any geographical or chronological focus is welcome, including projects dealing specifically with urban subjects. For further information, please contact

Image from Hans Puechfeldner, Nützliches Khünstbüech der Gartnereij, ca. 1593, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection