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CFA: Dumbarton Oaks Opportunities for Harvard Students

January 31, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

What is Dumbarton Oaks?

Dumbarton Oaks, located in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown in Washington, DC, is an institute of Harvard University that supports scholarship in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. In addition to the scholarly programs, Dumbarton Oaks encompasses a museum with outstanding collections of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and European art, a state-of-the-art research library, and renowned gardens created by landscape designer Beatrix Farrand. Full information about all of our opportunities, including application instructions, can be found at www.doaks.org/research/harvard-programs.

Symposium Travel Awards for Students (DEADLINES: January 31, March 15, August 1)

The Bliss Symposium Awards are travel grants for students wishing to attend Dumbarton Oaks’ annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape Studies. The awards offer up to $600 in reimbursement (up to $1,200 for students traveling from abroad) to defray the cost of travel to and lodging in Washington, DC, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance. Registration fees are waived for holders of the Bliss Symposium Awards. Awardees will assist with some conference logistics, such as registration and/or facilitating the discussion periods. Learn more here.

Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellowships (DEADLINE: February 1)

Humanities Fellowships offer nine months of professional development at outstanding cultural institutions of Washington, DC, to graduating seniors and recent graduates of Harvard College. The fellowship enables exceptional students to project themselves into careers in the humanities, whether inside or outside the academy, by acquiring skills, broadening their interests, and connecting with influential practitioners and leaders. Fellows split their time between the research institute and a collaborating institution in Washington, DC. (Partnering institutions have included the Folger Shakespeare Library, the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.) Fellows will be provided with accommodations on the Dumbarton Oaks campus, weekday lunch in the Refectory, a stipend of $23,000, and will be eligible for medical insurance through the Dumbarton Oaks fellows’ plan. Learn more here.

Summer Internships (DEADLINE: February 1)

The Dumbarton Oaks internship program stands out for offering Harvard students stimulating and fulfilling paid internships in the humanities and has therefore met with great success over the past decade. Harvard undergraduate and graduate students have worked on a variety of institutional projects, including textual editing, video production, excavation work, educational programming, preparing publications, and mounting exhibitions. The 2020 summer internship term will run from June 8 to August 7. Summer internships carry a stipend of $16 per hour for a thirty-five–hour week. Housing and subsidized lunch in the Refectory ($6 per day) are provided. Learn more here.

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies (DEADLINE: 60 days in advance of requested stay)

Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies for advanced graduate students who are preparing for their PhD general exams, writing their doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees in the fields of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape studies. Each residency provides two to four weeks of single accommodations and lunches on weekdays. Learn more here.

Summer Programs (DEADLINE: Spring; varies by program)

Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory. Past opportunities have included the Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, the Plant Humanities Summer Program, and summer schools in Byzantine Greek, Syriac and Coptic, and Byzantine coins and seals. Learn more here.