Monday, December 14, 2009




Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (
announces a new three-year post-doctoral teaching fellowship within
the Program in Byzantine Studies. Our goal is to stimulate American
Byzantine Studies, especially in the DC area, through early career
fellowships for American or US-educated scholars. No support for
pursuit of visas will be provided. The fellowship will rotate among
disciplines, including history, literature, and religion. The
three-year fellowship held from 2009-2010 through 2011-2012 is in
early Christian and Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology, at
Dumbarton Oaks and Catholic University of America. Beginning in the
academic year 2010-11 the fellowship will be in history, and in
2011-12 it is hoped that a fellowship will be offered in Byzantine
religious studies and/or theology or in post-classical Greek language
and literature.

Dumbarton Oaks Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows in Byzantine Studies
will be provided study space at Dumbarton Oaks, and expected to spend
half of their time there on personal research projects. They will
also have the opportunity to teach on a half-time basis at a
Washington-area university (two semester-long courses per year). At
the end of the three years the university that has benefited from
their teaching will offer them the option of a fourth year of
full-time teaching, to be supported wholly by the university.

The purpose of these fellowships is to enable outstanding recent
recipients of the Ph.D. to advance their research, while gaining
experience in the classroom. Successful candidates will also be
expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the academic
community at Dumbarton Oaks by participating regularly in various
academic events such as colloquia and seminars.

The fellowship to be offered for 2010-2011 will be in Byzantine
history in its widest sense (CE 300-1500). The teaching component of
the fellowship will take place at George Washington University.
Candidates with interdisciplinary and cross-cultural interests will
be welcomed.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral
degree by March 2009, but no earlier than June 2005. Candidates must
be citizens of the United States or Canada or graduates of a North
American university, and must have an excellent command of spoken and
written English.

The salary will be $60,000 per year, and fellows will be eligible for
health insurance. In addition to their salary, fellows will receive
$1000 per year for research expenses, and travel expenses when
presenting a paper at an academic conference (annual limit of $850
for a domestic conference or $1000 for an international conference).
Fellows are responsible for their own travel and moving expenses, as
well as for finding and paying for their housing in the Washington
area. The place of residence during the summer months will be
optional; fellows may work at Dumbarton Oaks or travel elsewhere.

The selection committee will award the post-doctoral teaching
fellowship on the basis of the following criteria: 1) demonstrated
scholarly accomplishment, and overall academic excellence and promise
2) potential future impact on the field of Byzantine studies through
teaching and writing 3) significance and quality of the research
project(s) to be carried out at Dumbarton Oaks 4) knowledge of the
relevant ancient and modern languages 5) ability to contribute to the
academic community at Dumbarton Oaks and local area universities.

By January 1, 2010 candidates should submit six copies of an
application consisting of a cover letter that includes a statement of
teaching experience and proposed courses, a curriculum vitae, and a
1000-word description of the research project(s) to be carried out
during the term of the fellowship. Three letters of recommendation
should also be submitted by this date. Please send all materials to:

Margaret Mullett
Director of Byzantine Studies
Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd St., NW
Washington, DC 20007

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