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Plant Humanities Fellow


Apply by April 10. Eligibility and application information is available here.

The Plant Humanities Postgraduate Fellow will contribute to the Plant Humanities Lab: an innovative digital space that draws on the resources of the Rare Book Collection and 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, a physical and online exhibition, and publications.

The fellow will research, write, and create visualizations for at least two 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 will contribute to an edited volume on plants in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection through research and writing, assistance with the organization and management of images, and support of other aspects of the editorial process as needed. The fellow will also contribute to the Plant Humanities Resource Portal by cleaning up data, providing additional research, and adding bibliographic entries. 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/or environmental studies. 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. 

Candidates should 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