Rauner Student Research Fellowship

ATTENTION: The 2017-2018 Fellowships have all been awarded. Please watch this page for information regarding the availability of fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Come and Create!

Would you like to be paid to immerse yourself in a subject or project that you love? Are you passionate about conducting research with original materials? Do you want to create something unique that is based upon your own interests?
A student conducts research in Rauner's Reading Room

 Perhaps you’ve visited Rauner Special Collections Library for a class and now wish you had the time to explore our collections in more depth. Maybe you’ve read an interesting Rauner blog post or seen a captivating Rauner Instagram image and been curious about what else might be waiting for you within our collections. Or, you already have a specific thesis or class project in mind that you think Rauner’s books, manuscripts, or archives might support or enhance in an interesting and exciting way. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, consider applying now for the Rauner Student Research Fellowship!

 Rauner Special Collections Library is offering three term-long student research fellowships to assist Dartmouth students in exploring our collections and creating original content based upon primary sources. The Rauner Student Research Fellow Program will provide funds for room, board, and a term-long stipend of $2,500 for a Dartmouth student researcher during one of their off terms in the 2017-18 academic year.

 During the length of your fellowship term at Rauner, you’ll pursue your own research interests that were initially nurtured in a class or other curricular pursuit. The fellowship will culminate in a real-world product, whether that be an academic journal article, work of literature, artistic performance, conference paper, or similar accomplishment.

 Come and create at Rauner. We’re excited to see what you can do!


 The Rauner Student Research Fellowship is open to anyone who is currently a student at Dartmouth College. We will select students who are advancing work initiated specifically in a classroom environment or curricular program. Projects must make substantive use of Rauner materials. Creative, digital, research, and performance projects are all welcome.

Selection Criteria

All fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research at Rauner Special Collections Library. The selection committee will consist of representatives from both Rauner Special Collections Library and the larger Dartmouth College Library. Criteria for selection will include: the quality of the proposal; the achievability of the project; the originality of the concept; creative, deep, and inspired use of the collections at Rauner; and letter of recommendation. The application portfolio will consist of: a brief (up to three pages) description of the project that includes its curricular program of origin; proposed term of residence; a mention of collection(s) of interest at Rauner; resume; and one letter of support from a faculty member who ideally will be the same individual from whose class or program your original project concept emerged.

Award and Expectations

Rauner Student Research Fellows will receive a one-term stipend of $2,500, a one-term housing allowance of $3,000, and a one-term food allowance of $2,000. Fellows will be in frequent and regular residence at Rauner during the entirety of their selected term. Because the fellowship is funded by an experiential learning grant from the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, the term will culminate in the creation of a real-world product, whether that be an academic journal article, work of literature, artistic performance, conference paper, or similar accomplishment. Fellows will present the results of their project and discuss their research process at a public reception which will include a question-and-answer session.


If you have a project in mind, apply now! Applications are considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least four weeks before the proposed term of study. To apply, submit your project description and curriculum vitae to rsrf@dartmouth.edu. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender.