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The Paul L. '83 and Neil T. McGorrian Fellowship



Paul McGorrian ’83 died tragically in 1989 while pursuing a career as a foreign correspondent in Pakistan, only months after the untimely death of his younger brother, Neil. Early in 1989, Paul and his family had initiated the Neil McGorrian Fellowship to honor Neil’s many interests, in particular the world’s languages and cultures. When Paul died unexpectedly less than ten months after his brother, his name was added to the Fellowship. The McGorrian Fellowship embodies the spirit that motivated the lives of both men: a desire to learn about the world and to communicate that knowledge to other Americans, a passion for the truth and the courage to face challenges.

Awards are for two months to one year and are not renewable.  Awards are for post-graduate study or projects only.  Applications for projects or study already completed will not be considered.  The current stipend of the fellowship is up to $5,000, which may vary according to funding. One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Application deadline: February 29, 2016.


The McGorrian Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating senior whose proposal for foreign travel or study reflects that spirit. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students who plan careers in some aspect of foreign affairs and cultures, including such fields as journalism, the arts, education, diplomacy, preservation of indigenous cultures, environmental work, humanitarian relief, and economic development are encouraged to apply.

The project or program must be approved by the Committee on Graduate Fellowships. The terms of the fellowship place no restrictions on destination and allow considerable latitude as to the length of time that fellows propose to travel or study. While projects that include study abroad are eligible and will be given serious consideration, priority will be given to proposals that do not include pursuit of a graduate degree.  Students are welcome to combine this fellowship with other awards.


Instructions for Applicants

 A complete application file contains the following:
  1. Application Form (Completed online)
  2. Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
  3. Project or Study Proposal (max. 1000 words) - email to as an attachment
  4. Dartmouth Transcripts: Please order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student and email the PDF to 
  5. Transcripts (other institutions): Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to: Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or emailed to
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation: Both letters should be from Dartmouth instructors who know your work well. Please provide each recommender a Recommendation Request Form and a copy of your proposal.  Application Deadline:  February 29, 2016.
Letters of Recommendation
Both letters of recommendation must be from faculty members that assess the nominee's intellectual curiosity, character, and potential for advanced graduate study or independent research.  Letters should be sent by email to Scholarship Advising, or by hard copy to Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201.

Final Application Submission

Please submit your proposal as an email attachment to Scholarship Application Deadline:  February 29, 2016.


McGorrian Fellowship Application Schedule

February 29, 2016

Application Deadline for Nomination Materials

May 2016

McGorrian Fellow Announced



Last Updated: 11/18/15