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Cultural Philanthropy Fellow


Apply by March 1. Eligibility and application information is available here.

Philanthropy is a potent force in the American cultural and educational landscape: private giving influences the formation and sharing of collections, their stewardship, and the public mission of institutions, thus raising important questions of governance, equity, and access. The Dumbarton Oaks Cultural Philanthropy project explores these questions through an annual wintersession course for Harvard students, a digital platform, and the proceedings of a conference in spring of 2022 that brought together distinguished scholars and leaders in the philanthropic sector. Working closely with the director and executive director of Dumbarton Oaks, the Cultural Philanthropy Fellow will contribute to all areas of the project, by helping with the organization and promotion of the wintersession course, researching and writing for the digital platform, and producing social media content. 

The fellowship is a unique opportunity for candidates with interests in art history, museum studies, fundraising, management of cultural organizations, and the philanthropic sector. The fellow will gain experience in course and event planning, budget tracking, and public outreach, while honing research and writing skills and participating in a network of cultural organizations and leaders in DC. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is also able to work collaboratively with many different functions at Dumbarton Oaks, such as academic programs, events, publications, and communications. 

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated curiosity about and commitment to the work and impact of cultural organizations