Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowships

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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.

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 14, 2020, to May 7, 2021). 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. Except for Plant Humanities Fellowships, awards may also be made for a single term (either September 14, 2020, to January 8, 2021, or January 25 to May 7, 2021).

Support includes a stipend of $21,000 for a Junior Fellow or $35,000 for a 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); lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available economy airfare or rail travel (or mileage if less than the equivalent economy airfare), up to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel, may be provided for Fellows and Junior Fellows if support cannot be obtained from other sources (such as a Fulbright travel grant). Reimbursement of Visa fees is also provided for Fellows, but not for dependents.

Fellowships are prorated for appointments shorter than the full academic year. Dumbarton Oaks anticipates that sabbatical salary or funds from other sources may supplement awards, particularly to Fellows. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

For junior fellowship applicants, official graduate transcripts must be postmarked by November 1 and mailed to: Manager of Academic Programs, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd Street NW Washington, DC 20007.

Summer Fellowships

Summer Fellowships are awarded for a period of seven weeks. The 2019 summer fellowship term is June 15 to August 7, 2020.

Awards provide a maintenance allowance of $300 per week; housing in a Dumbarton Oaks apartment; lunch on weekdays; the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and travel expense reimbursement (not to exceed the lowest available airfare, to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel) if other travel support cannot be obtained.

Terms

Please note that five years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and reappointment to a Fellowship. Three years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and appointment to a summer Fellowship; likewise three years must elapse between the end of a summer fellowship and appointment to a Fellowship. Two years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and the offer of a One-Month Research Award. 

Visas

For non-U.S. citizens, Dumbarton Oaks provides J-1 visas for the term of the Fellowship appointment, as part of our U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program. Please be advised that scholars who have been in the United States with J status within the past 12 months may not qualify for a Dumbarton Oaks J-1 visa unless they were in the United States for a total time of less than six months. These individuals and all other non-U.S. citizens are strongly urged to check their prospective visa status for the requested period of the Fellowship prior to submitting an application.

Other available fellowships

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.

 

Institution
Date de candidature
Durée
1 semestre ou 1 année académique
Discipline
Humanités
Sciences sociales : Sciences de l'information et de la communication