Travel Grants for Students to Attend Dumbarton Oaks’ Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium

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Dumbarton Oaks / image: Karl Gercens, DC Gardens

Dumbarton Oaks has announced the Mellon Colloquium Award, a travel grant for students wishing to attend the annual colloquium or symposium in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C. The awards offer reimbursement up to $600 for the cost of travel, local accommodation, and other approved expenses related to symposium or colloquium attendance. Registration fees are waived for holders of the awards.

Travel grant applications for the Fall 2019 Colloquium, Interpreting Landscapes of Enslavement, are due September 16.


Applicants (and recipients) must be currently-enrolled graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors.

To apply:

Candidates should prepare an application consisting of:

  1. A cover letter that provides a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why conference attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development.
  2. A résumé.
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s thesis advisor or department chair.

Applications for the Fall 2019 Colloquium should be emailed as a single PDF to with “Mellon Colloquium Award 2019” as the subject line. Referees should be instructed to send their letters of support directly to

Recipients of the Awards are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Funds will be disbursed only after the successful applicant has submitted a travel expense form and original receipts. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with a portion of the conference, such as registration and/or facilitating the discussion periods.

Key dates:

More on Dumbarton Oaks:

For an interview with Thaïsa Way, FASLA, the new director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, see the September 2019 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. The article, on pages 48-55, includes the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks‘ focus on democracy in the urban landscape: “It’s going to be pushing more than leading, taking landscape history to address those issues that I think we’ve not addressed, which are issues of race and identity and difference in equity” (page 50).

Thaïsa will be at the National Building Museum on October 30, 2019, in conversation with Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, recipient of the 2019 Vincent Scully Prize and the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Thaïsa will also be speaking at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego this November:

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