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Research at Dumbarton Oaks

Since 1940 Dumbarton Oaks has supported scholarship in the Humanities through its fellowships and grants, library and special collections, and publications. More than 2,000 awarded researchers have advanced their projects in the areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, urban landscape design, and Plant Humanities.

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.

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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study, as well as in urban landscape studies, to scholars from around the world.

Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities, ranging from a two-day symposium to four weeks of research or learning, are available for scholars at all career stages who desire to take advantage of the resources at Dumbarton Oaks.

Project Grants

Project grants primarily support archaeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.


Resources for Scholars

Library and Archives

The Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media.

Access and Hours Special Collections


We publish scholarly series in our dedicated fields of study; catalogs of our collections; and books and articles on the history of the institution.

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Online Resources

We are committed to expanding access to our collections and scholarship through born-digital publications, digitization of museum and special collections, bibliographies, and other resources.