Call for Applications: Plant Humanities Fellowships, Plant Humanities Initiative

December 1, 2018


Fellows must be advanced graduate students (post-generals or third-year MLA), recent PhD graduates (PhD conferred on or after June 30, 2016), or recent Master of Landscape Architecture graduates (MLA conferred on or after June 30, 2016). 


Applications are due by December 1.


Plant Humanities Fellows will receive structured training in the digital humanities; undertake research in the Dumbarton Oaks special collections; contribute to the identification of priorities for digitization and bibliographic description; and develop content for the digital tool in close collaboration with JSTOR Labs. These Fellowships are of particular interest to early-career scholars who wish to build their skills in the use and integration of digital tools and special collections into their future research and teaching.

We seek candidates with a strong interest in undertaking directed research in a cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative digital humanities environment. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in botany, medicine, landscape, and the environment. Previous experience working with special collections is an advantage, although Fellows will receive training and support from Dumbarton Oaks’ professional staff.

Two fellowships will be awarded for the duration of the academic year (September 9, 2019, to May 8, 2020). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote themselves full-time to the Plant Humanities initiative under the direction of the Principal Investigators, without undertaking other major activities.

The Fellowships include a stipend of $35,000; housing on the Dumbarton Oaks campus (or a housing allowance); access to all Dumbarton Oaks scholarly resources; lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. (Successful applicants from the greater Washington metropolitan area will not be offered housing.) Plant Humanities Fellows will also benefit from the exceptionally vibrant scholarly community of Dumbarton Oaks.


Apply here. Learn more at; for inquiries, email: [email protected].