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Please read and follow the online instructions. Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by November 1. Junior Fellowship applicants only must have their university registrar send an official transcript of their graduate record directly to Dumbarton Oaks postmarked by November 1. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Late applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced in March and must be accepted by the end of the month. External committees of scholars in the three fields decide the awards. Individuals currently affiliated with Dumbarton Oaks are not eligible for the fellowship program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the System and Browser requirements for using the online application?

System Requirements: Windows NT and above, or OS 8.6 and above.
Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 2.0 and above, or Chrome 20 and above.
Other requirements: Adobe Reader or other software to view PDF files.

How can I get technical support?

Applicants should refer to the Embark Application Support page which will aid you in navigating any technical problems that arise. To access the page, click on the “Help” tab at the upper right corner of the application page.

Embark FAQ: Help

This will take you to the Embark Application Support page where you can “Submit a Request” detailing the issue or email the Technical Support team directly at

Embark FAQ: Submit a Request

In addition, you can search for an answer to any inquiries through the “Knowledge Base” search engine or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

How do I submit my application?

Submitting is the last step in the online application process. The system will not allow you to submit your application unless you have gone through the “Application Inspector.” After double-checking the application and completing all of the requirements, click on the “Submit Application” link on the navigation bar on the left side of the page.

The application will ask you to complete an “electronic signature.” Click the “Submit” button to submit. At this point, your application is electronically sealed, time-stamped, and sent to the institution. You will then be shown a confirmation page and sent a confirmation e-mail.

Note: Once an application is submitted and received by the Fellowship Program, it can no longer be modified. If you need to modify any information, please write to

My recommenders are having problems submitting their letter of recommendation. What is causing the problem?

It may be due to a browser incompatibility issue. The Embark Tech Support Team strongly recommends using the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox to access the online recommendation website. To learn more about solutions to technical issues with the online recommendation website, please go to Embark’s “Guide to the Online Recommendation Process” found here: You can also contact the Embark Tech Support Team directly at

Recommenders who continue to encounter problems with submitting their letters of recommendation online AFTER contacting Embark, may email their letters directly to the Manager of Academic Programs at

I submitted my application and saw that all of the Greek text I entered in various sections of the application is corrupted.  What should I do?

Email the Manager of Academic Programs at for assistance with correcting the information.

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Important Dates for Fellowships and Grants

February 1: Mellon Fellowship applications due

March 1: One-Month Research Award applications due (for July 1–December 20 award periods)

Early March: Fellowship applicants notified (from previous year’s applications)

June 1: Project Grant reports and receipts due (from previous year’s awards)

By October 1: Project Grant applicants contact Director of Studies to discuss project

October 1: One-Month Research Award applications due (for January 15–June 30 award periods)

November 1: Fellowship applications due