COMMITTEE ON GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS. For many scholarships, applicants must receive the endorsement of the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. In order for the Committee to read all applications and offer advice, the internal Dartmouth deadline must be earlier than the scholarship specific deadline. The key to this process is to begin early by consulting with your faculty advisor and the Scholarship Advisor, and by contacting potential references (see "Letters of Recommendation" below). This is especially important if a proposal is required in the application. Refer to Scholarship Listings for campus deadlines. For scholarships requiring endorsement, all materials must be submitted to: Scholarship.Advising@Dartmouth.edu. Hard copy materials (official transcripts and other items that cannot be submitted electronically) should be sent to: Parker House, HB6201, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 03755-3529
SCHOLARSHIP ADVISOR. The Scholarship Advisor assists students during the application process so that they may prepare the best application(s) possible. It is strongly advised that students meet with the Scholarship Advisor before the campus deadline with any questions concerning eligibility or the application itself. The Scholarship Advisor is also available to read draft proposals and essays to offer advice and suggestions. Drafts should be brought in at least two weeks prior to the campus deadline. Appointments to meet with the Scholarship Advisor can be made by calling Scholarship Advising at 646-1622.
GENERAL GRADUATE STUDY IN THE U. S. In addition to national grant competitions, the usual source of financial aid for graduate school is through the graduate institution the student will attend. Consult the individual graduate school for details about each school's financial aid program. You should request information about financial aid at the same time (early fall) that you ask for application materials. See Scholarship Listings for additional resources.
STUDY ABROAD. Financial aid is not usually available from foreign universities, and part-time employment while enrolled in a foreign university is seldom feasible. Students planning foreign study must therefore seek financial support independently, and the competition for funds is very keen. For many of the large grants for study abroad (Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and others), it is necessary to begin preparing your application in the winter or spring of your junior year. See Awards for Study Abroad for details on the application process.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION are an important part of the application process for both scholarships and admission to graduate schools. You should request letters from your professors a month prior to any deadlines so that they have time to write a carefully considered evaluation. Always provide your recommender with as much information about yourself and the grant for which you will apply. If you intend to file applications after graduation or if faculty members plan to leave Dartmouth, you may consider using the "Credentials Service - LEO" in Career Services. These recommendations will be kept on file for ten years. At your request Career Services will photocopy the original letters and mail copies wherever you designate. Do not use "LEO" for specific scholarship recommendations. Remember that individualized letters of recommendation, addressed to specific programs or scholarships for which you are applying, are far stronger than duplicated general-purpose letters. Letters of recommendation for Dartmouth administered grants should be submitted to: Scholarship.Advising@Dartmouth.edu.
PRELIMINARY APPLICATIONS for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Fulbright are due in June of each year. The scholarship application, accessible online through the applicable scholarship website, should be filled out online as if it were the final application and should include the completed online application form, all essays* [see note below for those applying to the Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships], all recommendations, and an unofficial transcript. These applications will be read by a committee who will make comments and offer suggestions. The preliminary application (with comments) will be returned to you over the summer. The final application will be due in September at the campus deadline. At this time, the revised application should include all supplementary materials, such as affiliation letters, language evaluations, etc. Once your fall term classes are finalized, you are responsible for submitting an official transcript to the Scholarships Office. If the updated scholarship application form is not available by the preliminary application deadline, you can often use the previous year's application form as the applications generally change little from year to year. For the final application due in September, you can then use the updated application form and make any necessary changes. The preliminary application process is very important in order to guarantee that your September application is polished and complete. You can seek writing and editing help with your essays, except for personal essays for the Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships, through RWIT or one of the Scholarship Advising writing advisors.
*Because of recent changes to the Rhodes and Mitchell application processes, which prohibit the review or editing of the personal statement by anyone other than the applicant, applicants to these scholarships should not include the personal statement with their preliminary application or campus application, but should plan to submit it directly to the Rhodes Trust or the Marshall Foundation as part of their final application.
Last Updated: 6/30/14