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Plant Humanities Post-Baccalaureate Fellow

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Eligibility and application information is available here.

The Plant Humanities Post-Baccalaureate Fellow will contribute to the Plant Humanities Lab: an innovative digital space that supports the interdisciplinary study of plants from the perspectives of the arts, sciences, and humanities, to explore their extraordinary significance to human culture. The Plant Humanities Lab was developed with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in the context of the Dumbarton Oaks Plant Humanities Initiative that also encompasses a summer program, exhibitions, and publications. Read more about the Lab and its innovative applications for teaching and research here and here.

The Fellow will research, write, and create visualizations for essays on the cultural history of plants for the Plant Humanities Lab and additional articles to be published in JSTOR Daily, along with related social media content. Alongside the digital publications, the Fellow may assist with an edited volume through research and writing, organization and management of images, and support of other aspects of the editorial process as needed. Lastly, the Fellow may help with research and development of a digital tour/exhibition on plants across the Dumbarton Oaks museum and library collections.

This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates with interests in the digital humanities, special collections, and the environmental humanities. Working with an intergenerational team in a highly collaborative environment, the Fellow will develop and hone skills in the areas of project management, research, communications, and public outreach.

The term of this appointment will run from January to August 31, 2023 and carries a stipend of $40,000/annum, prorated for the duration of the fellowship; a medical insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; complimentary weekday lunch in our Refectory; and a research allowance of $1,000. Post-Baccalaureate Fellows are responsible for their own housing. If needed, the Fellow may begin their term virtually for a few weeks. This fellowship uniquely carries the possibility of renewal for another full year from September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024, based on the organization’s needs, budgeting, and performance.

It is preferred that candidates possess:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent time-management, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in the field.
  • Experience with the digital or environmental humanities desirable but not necessary