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Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships for Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Studies


Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: 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. Junior Fellowships are for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a Ph.D. (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.

  • Junior Fellowships - These are normally awarded for the academic year. During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Awards may also be made for a single term. Fellowship awards are generally equivalent to about $27,000 for an unmarried Junior Fellow. Support includes a stipend of $15,500 for a Junior Fellow for the full academic year; housing (a housing allowance may be offered instead of housing if Dumbarton Oaks is unable to provide accommodations; successful applicants from the greater Washington metropolitan area will not be offered housing); $2,100 (if needed) to assist with the cost of bringing and maintaining dependents here; a research expense allowance of $1,000 for the year; lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available airfare, up to a maximum of $1,300, may be provided for Junior Fellows if support cannot be obtained from other sources (such as a Fulbright travel grant). Fellowships are prorated for appointments shorter than the full academic year. Dumbarton Oaks uses an online application system. Applications must usually be submitted electronically by November 1.
  • Summer Fellowships - These are for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape scholars on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study. Summer Fellowships are awarded for periods of six to nine weeks. Awards provide a maintenance allowance of $250 per week; housing in a Dumbarton Oaks apartment; lunch on weekdays; health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and travel expense reimbursement (not to exceed the lowest available airfare, to a maximum of $1,300) if other travel support cannot be obtained. No housing allowances or dependents' allowances for families are available in the summer.

Visit Dumbarton Oaks to apply for either Junior or Summer fellowships.

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