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Pre-Columbian Studies

The Pre-Columbian Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1963 to support the study of the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas. This research encompasses cultures that thrived in the western hemisphere from northern Mexico to southern South America, from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.





Fellowships and Awards

Support comes in many forms through a variety of our programs, tailored to fit the individual needs of senior scholars, midcareer researchers, dissertation writers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

Fellowship Opportunities

Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships); to degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships); or to scholars beyond the first year of graduate school (Summer Fellowships). Apply by November 1. The Flora Clancy Summer Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers is for scholars on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate study (post-Licenciatura) who are academically based in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities are available to students and scholars at all levels, ranging from symposia travel awards, 2–4 week predoctoral residencies, and one-month research awards.

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Project Grants

Project grants primarily support archaeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost. Pre-Columbian project awards are intended only to survey, excavate, and/or document sites, landscapes, or objects that are in imminent danger. Apply by November 1.

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Scholarly Activities

Pre-Columbian Studies offers a range of scholarly programming, including annual symposia and colloquia, public lectures, and workshops. View upcoming and past activities, and watch recordings of selected recent events

Jun 16, 2021 - Jul 28, 2021

Hidden Landscapes of the Past: Uncovering the Ancient World through LiDAR

In this interdisciplinary summer lecture series, speakers look at how different applications of LiDAR have changed our understanding of ancient landscapes.



Recent Pre-Columbian Publications

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Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection, relating to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies, through this searchable resource.

Special Collections

Explore holdings from the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives.