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Harvard Programs

As a research institute affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks cultivates strong ties through support of class visits and scholarly exchanges; faculty sabbaticals; and a variety of academic programs, including the Tyler and Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellowships, a Wintersession course, paid summer internships, and Bliss awards for travel to Dumbarton Oaks’ annual symposia.

 

 

Fellowships for Harvard Students

William R. Tyler Fellowships

Two-year Fellowships for graduate students in art history, archaeology, history, and literature of the Pre-Columbian/early Colonial or Mediterranean/Byzantine worlds; or in Garden and Landscape history.

Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellowships

Nine-month fellowships for graduating seniors and recent graduates of Harvard College offering nine months of professional development at outstanding cultural institutions of Washington, DC.

Postgraduate Fellowships in the Humanities

Fellowships for recent Harvard College graduates who wish to develop and apply their research and professional skills while gaining experience, building a portfolio of successful projects, and contributing to the humanities.

 

 

 

Summer Internships

The Dumbarton Oaks internship program stands out for offering Harvard students stimulating and fulfilling paid internships in the humanities. 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.

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Culture and Philanthropy in America

This nine-day Wintersession course will offer students historical and contemporary perspectives on the history and influence of philanthropy in America, with an emphasis on the domains of art, culture, and civil society. Daily seminars will be complemented by guest lectures and trips to museums and cultural institutions in Washington, DC.

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Bliss Symposium Awards

The Bliss Symposium Awards are travel grants for Harvard students wishing to attend Dumbarton Oaks’ annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape Studies.

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“The symposium was also a good opportunity to connect with great scholars, professors, and students from different parts of the world. Furthermore, being able to visit the gardens, the museum, the library, and other facilities at Dumbarton Oaks was very enjoyable.”

—Juan David Grisales, MLA candidate, 2019,
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Class Visits to Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks enthusiastically invites proposals for class visits by Harvard faculty and undergraduate and graduate students.

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“Thanks so much . . . for your time, interest, and generosity. This field trip made a crucial difference in the students' learning (not to speak of my own learning experience!). I knew it was going to be special, but I had not expected to see this quick transformation in them. They found out about so much while being relaxed about everything and genuinely enjoying it—the way learning should be.”

—Racha Kirakosian, Associate Professor of German
and the Study of Religion, Harvard University