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Communications and Social Media Fellowship


Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard University research institute, library, museum, and garden located in Washington, DC. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies through its fellowship program, publications, scholarly meetings, and exhibitions.

The Postgraduate Fellowships are for graduating seniors and recent Harvard College graduates who wish to develop and apply their research and professional skills while gaining experience, building a portfolio of successful projects, and contributing to the humanities. These fellowships emphasize the development of foundational and specific technical skills that enhance the career readiness and employability of liberal arts graduates.

The Communications and Social Media Fellowship provides career development opportunities in cultural journalism, editing, institutional communications, and social media. The Fellow will research and report on events, initiatives, collections, and people at Dumbarton Oaks for its website and monthly newsletter, the Oaks News. The Fellow will also create content for Dumbarton Oaks’ social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to conceive and develop projects in new and innovative ways
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for social media as a tool for education and communication
  • Experience with interviewing preferred
  • Experience producing regular copy for a print or online publication preferred

Postgraduate Fellowships are one-year appointments. They carry a stipend of $40,000/annum; a medical insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and a modest research allowance. We offer weekday lunch to all fellows in our Refectory (with the exception of closures). Postgraduate Fellows are responsible for their own housing. The fellowship year begins in early September 2022.

Interested applicants should apply via Embark, including a cover letter and résumé by April 10, 2022. Candidates who have received a Harvard undergraduate degree within the past 3 years are eligible to apply. Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).