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Postgraduate Fellow in Public Programming and Outreach

Position: Postgraduate Fellow in Public Programming and Outreach
Department: Director’s Office
Supervisor: Executive Director
Location: Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Crimson Careers ID: 101485

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

The Postgraduate Fellowships are for 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 Public Programming and Outreach Fellow will help design, deliver, and evaluate immersive, high-engagement K–12 educational programming based on our museum and garden collections. This programming is offered through partnerships with local non-profit organizations and schools such as the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative; Horizons Greater DC; Hyde-Addison Elementary; the International High School at Langley; Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School; and other organizations. The Fellow will also conduct research into community activities and programs in museum/historic garden settings that can inform innovative programming at Dumbarton Oaks and will support and facilitate contact with the DC cultural community. The Public Programming and Outreach Fellowship provides career development opportunities in fields such as museum education/outreach, visitor engagement, communications, and curriculum development.

Postgraduate Fellowships are one-year appointments (potentially renewable for a second and final year). They carry a stipend of $40,000/annum; a medical insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and a modest research allowance. We offer daily lunch to all fellows in our Refectory. Postgraduate Fellows are responsible for their own housing. The Fellowship year begins in early September 2019.


  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to conceive and develop projects in new and innovative ways
  • Strong judgment and confidence, ability to work independently in the field
  • Prior experience with museum education and visitor engagement; community outreach; communications, or similar desirable, but training and mentorship will be provided.


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).


Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation (preferably as one PDF document) to by April 1. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit work samples and will be contacted for phone interview.