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One-Month Research Stipends

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Stipends of $3,000 to scholars holding the PhD or other relevant terminal degree (e.g., MLArch for Garden and Landscape studies applicants) and working on research projects in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, or Garden and Landscape studies. One-Month Research Stipends are available to scholars engaged in advanced research in one of Dumbarton Oaks' three subject specialties or in related areas for which use of books, objects, or other materials in the collections of its library, museum, or archives is necessary.


Recipients are invited to use the research facilities at Dumbarton Oaks for the month covered by the award. Given the short-term nature of your stay, we are unable to accommodate inter-library loan requests. However we are pleased to note that the general library collections at Dumbarton Oaks contain more than 210,000 items in a variety of formats, while our Rare Book Collection holds more than 10,000 volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, and blueprints. We welcome and encourage you to peruse our holdings in advance via the HOLLIS catalogue found here. During the term of the stipend, lunch on weekdays with other members of the scholarly community will be available at a modest cost. Accommodations will not be provided. Please visit our list of short-term housing available in the Washington, D.C., area.


Applicants who live 75 or more miles from Washington, D.C., will receive preference. Individuals currently affiliated with Dumbarton Oaks are not eligible for the stipend program. Recipients may not combine (or take in immediate succession) these stipends with summer or academic year fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks. Successful applicants are requested to wait three years before making another application for a stipend. Applicants must hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree at the time of application.

U.S. citizens must provide a copy of an original Social Security card for stipend disbursement.

For non-U.S. citizens, a U.S. Social Security number or an International Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) must be obtained in advance of stipend disbursement. Please see more information about ITIN application.

Dumbarton Oaks provides J-1 visas for the month, as part of our U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program. In order to qualify, scholars must provide proof of health insurance that fulfills the criteria of the J-1 visa.  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 research period prior to submitting an application.

To Apply

Please submit an application electronically according to the following deadlines prior to your proposed research visit:

  • June 1 for visits commencing September 1 or later
  • October 1 for visits commencing January 1 or later
  • March 1 for visits commencing June 1 or later

Once you have submitted your application via the online system, please also notify the department to which you are applying via email:

Awards will be announced within six weeks of the application deadline.

If you have any questions please email the Fellowship Program Coordinator at

A completed online application must include:

  • A project proposal of no more than 1,000 words that provides an overview of the project, explains its significance in your discipline, and identifies ways in which your research will complement, expand or challenge prior study in your field. Please describe in the statement the importance of Dumbarton Oaks library holdings or museum collections to your project.
  • Two letters of reference (posted directly by the recommender to the online application).

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One-Month Research Stipends

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Important Dates for Fellowships and Grants

February 1: Mellon Fellowship applications due

March 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing June 1 or later)

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

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

June 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing September 1 or later)

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

October 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing January 1 or later)

November 1: Fellowship applications due