Fellowships, Dumbarton Oaks


Dumbarton Oaks

Application deadline: various deadlines

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.

Junior Fellowships are 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. Graduate students who do not have the PhD in hand by the application deadline of November 1 must apply as Junior Fellows. Successful applicants for Junior Fellowships who have the PhD in hand by the beginning of the Fellowship term may be granted the status and stipend of Fellows.

Fellowships are for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

Summer Fellowships are for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape scholars at any level beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study.

Please note: Fellowship applicants in Garden and Landscape Studies should see here for additional information.

Tyler Fellowships are two-year fellowships designed for Harvard graduate students who have completed all departmental requirements for the PhD before the application deadline. Tyler Fellowships are governed by unique terms. You may learn more about the Tyler Fellowship, and its terms, here.

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms. You may learn more about the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies here, and fellowship terms here.

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Fellowships, Harvard University

Fellowships in Hellenic Studies 2017-2018

Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Application deadline: 16th October 2016

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers fellowship opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year. All fellows receive appointments for one year, beginning in July, and receive full access to the resources of the Harvard library system for the duration of their fellowship.

Fellowship awards may also include:

  • financial support up to $18,000;
  • housing at the CHS in Washington, DC for up to 16 weeks during the fall (August 30, 2017-December 20, 2017) or spring (January 31, 2018-May 23, 2018) terms;
  • subsidized health insurance; and
  • travel support.

About the Program

The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage and support research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greece or, more generally, Hellenism. This includes but is not limited to the study of Greek-speaking cultures and their influence on others – from those who inhabited the more immediate regions around the Mediterranean to more distant populations in Europe and Asia.

The fellowship program aims to develop and support a network of researchers and places an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that reflect the evolving nature of Hellenic studies. The program also seeks to foster interaction among researchers at various stages in their engagement with Hellenism who represent diverse social, educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds.

The program provides for flexibility in terms of residency at the CHS and levels of financial support. The fellowship team will work with successful candidates to determine the exact terms of their appointments.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Symposium – Worlds of Byzantium

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World of Byzantium

Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20007

22nd-23rd April 2016

The 2016 Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium, “Worlds of Byzantium,” seeks to reconsider Byzantium from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, problematizing long-established notions of its character and parameters.

In 1980 Dumbarton Oaks hosted the now famous “East of Byzantium” symposium, which resulted in an era-defining volume of scholarly articles under the same name, edited by N. Garsoïan, T. Mathews, and R. Thomson. This gathering of experts in various eastern Christian traditions put Dumbarton Oaks at the forefront of the emergent conversation about Byzantium’s eastern neighbors. Today, the medieval Mediterranean within which Byzantium was situated appears much more complex and fluid than what was envisioned thirty years ago. New archaeological, historical, and literary research has made this fluidity abundantly clear and has opened up new questions about the formation of identity in the empire as the relationship between the metropolis and the provinces fluctuated.

What was Byzantium? Where was it? What religions did its people practice, and which languages did they speak? The 2016 Symposium will examine the very foundations of what we think “Byzantium” was—Greek-speaking, Orthodox Christian, Constantinopolitan—and attempt to reset scholars’ expectations about what counts as Byzantine. Nevertheless, just as “East of Byzantium” transformed the expectations of a generation with regard to the value of eastern Christianity for medieval studies, we believe that Byzantium itself, however it is defined, can play a more central role on the world historical stage if Byzantinists are willing to let it be decentered and reconstituted for the next generation. This symposium will argue that a polycentric and interconnected Byzantium only strengthens Byzantine Studies as a discipline by making it indispensable to other fields: in order fully to understand essential aspects of the medieval Middle East or the medieval West one must also understand Byzantium.