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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. Applications are due November 1.

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Research Fellowships in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies are for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in the field and wish to pursue their own research. Junior Research Fellowships are also awarded in these fields for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university. Fellowships are awarded for either an academic year, fall, spring, or (for Byzantine and Pre-Columbian scholars) summer term. Please note: Fellowship applicants in Garden and Landscape Studies should see here for additional information.

Plant Humanities Fellowships provide nine months of research and professional development opportunities for advanced graduate students (post-generals or third-year MLA), recent PhD graduates (PhD conferred on or after June 30, 2017), and recent Master of Landscape Architecture graduates (MLA conferred on or after June 30, 2017). Fellows will receive structured training in the digital humanities; undertake research in the Dumbarton Oaks special collections; contribute to the identification of priorities for digitization and bibliographic description; and develop content for the digital tool in close collaboration with JSTOR Labs. Learn more about the Plant Humanities Initiative.

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are intended for cross-disciplinary scholars in the field of urban landscape studies; preference will be given to candidates with final degrees such as a PhD or MLA. Fellowships are awarded for a single fall, spring, or summer term. A part of the “Democracy and Urban Landscape” Mellon program, fellows conduct their own research projects and may apply for an additional field research fund. Learn more about the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies.

Mellon History Teaching Fellowships in Landscape Studies are available to current faculty position holders in universities or other secondary educational institutions for a single fall, spring, or summer term. Also a part of the “Democracy and Urban Landscape” Mellon program, fellows conduct their own teaching/pedagogy projects and may apply for an additional field research fund. Learn more about the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies.