Dumbarton Oaks is proud to offer the newly expanded Bliss Symposium Awards, designed to engage advanced undergraduates and graduate students in our three areas of specialization through supported attendance of Dumbarton Oaks annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Up to six awards will be made for each symposium. Up to three awards will be offered to students of Harvard University, with which Dumbarton Oaks is affiliated, and up to three awards will be offered to students from other US and international institutions.
Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in fields related to the Dumbarton Oaks areas of study. Advanced undergraduates with demonstrated interest in our three fields (e.g., through significant relevant coursework) will also be considered. Students from both US and international institutions are encouraged to apply. Awardees are responsible for their travel and housing arrangements; Dumbarton Oaks does not sponsor J1 visas for Bliss Award holders. Bliss Awardees will be expected to assist with light conference logistics, such as registration and facilitation of discussion, and may also be asked to write a short feature about their symposium attendance for the Dumbarton Oaks newsletter.
The awards offer up to $600 for students traveling domestically, and up to $1,200 for students traveling from abroad. The symposium registration fee will be waived for Bliss Award holders. Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis upon submission of original receipts and a completed travel reimbursement form. Eligible expenses include the cost of economy travel to Washington, DC, local accommodations, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance.