Intermediate Classical Armenian

Intermediate Classical Armenian

2022 Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Summer School

Intermediate Classical Armenian

In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week intermediate level course in the Classical Armenian language and paleography in the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Classical Armenian in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Armenian at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

  • Funder

    Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
  • Location

    The 2022 course will be taught on the beautiful campus of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
  • Course level

    Intermediate level
  • Course length

    Four weeks
  • Dates

    July 11 to August 5, 2022
  • Course size

    Up to 10 students
  • Eligibility

    Open to all individuals who have completed an introductory course in Classical Armenian or its equivalent, and who have a need for Classical Armenian in their research. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is also required to participate in the course.
  • Application deadline

    February 4, 2022
  • Cost

    All costs are generously funded by Dumbarton Oaks.

    Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from Collegeville, Minnesota, USA
  • Accommodations

    Students will be housed in dormitory apartments on the Saint John’s University campus. Each participant will have an air-conditioned, private bedroom and bathroom, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities.

    A meal contract at the college Refectory will be provided
  • COVID-19

    All participants must submit proof of full vaccination status to participate in the course.
Armenian Classroom
Armenian Classroom

Course overview

Sessions are held Monday–Friday in the morning and afternoon. Total instruction time equals 110 hours. In this course:

  • Students will receive intensive, in-depth training in Classical Armenian at the intermediate level.
  • Students will review grammar and read Classical Armenian texts in a variety of genres of prose and poetry, with readings supplied both from published texts and manuscript images.
  • Students will be guided in the use of the primary lexica and grammars, bibliography, and both print and online resources that are essential for the study of the Classical Armenian literary tradition.
  • By the end of the course, students will be able to independently approach Classical Armenian texts and translate from Armenian into English with confidence.


  • Must have completed an introductory course in Classical Armenian or its equivalent.

Faculty for 2022

  • Guest faculty: Dr. Jesse Siragan Arlen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fordham University and Zohrab Information Center; and Professor Emeritus Dr. Abraham Terian, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, Armonk, New York.

Application deadline

  • February 4, 2022 (The application period is now closed.)

Application submission

  • Letter of no more than two single-spaced pages describing the applicant’s academic background, including language skills, and a description of why continuing to learn Armenian is important for the applicant’s future research and teaching. Please address the letter to Father Columba Stewart, OSB, HMML Executive Director.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • For those who are currently doing graduate study, please include a transcript of graduate school coursework. This is not required for those who have completed a PhD.
  • Two letters of recommendation.


  • Send all materials as email attachments to
  • Include “Armenian 2022 Summer School” in the subject line.

Letter of recommendation authors

  • Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the author of the letter to HMML. Please send the letter as email attachment to
  • Include “Armenian 2022 Summer School” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of previous academic achievement, demonstrated need for intensive study of Armenian, and research promise.

Notification of acceptance

  • All awards will be announced by February 28, 2022.
  • Students accepting a place in the course will need to notify HMML by March 11, 2022.


About Dumbarton Oaks: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents.

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