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Alfred K. Priest Fellowship


The Alfred K. Priest fund was established at Dartmouth College through a bequest from Joseph K. Priest, in memory of his son. The income from the fund supports fellowships for graduates of Dartmouth College who have demonstrated unusual promise, enabling them to study in any graduate program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recipients of the award will be selected by the faculty Committee on Graduate Fellowships at Dartmouth.

In the selection the Committee will be concerned with the applicants' potential for excellence in their chosen fields and capacity for leadership. Financial need, however, is a significant factor. Extracurricular activities may be important to the extent that they give evidence of concerned commitment to these areas.

Terms: The exact amount of the award may vary from year to year. The present stipend is $10,000 a year, to be renewed each year until the proposed graduate degree has been awarded provided graduate study has not been interrupted and evidence of normal progress toward the degree is furnished regularly to the Committee, usually at the completion of each semester.



Any graduating senior or recent undergraduate alumnus/a of Dartmouth College who has received an acceptance from a graduate program at Harvard University (with the exception of PhD programs through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and who expects to matriculate in the fall of 2015 may apply for a Priest Fellowship. Alumni/ae who are presently attending a graduate program at Harvard are also eligible to compete for the fellowship, although preference will be given to beginning graduate students. Students accepted to or enrolled in PhD programs through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are not eligible to apply, as students in these programs automatically receive financial support through Harvard.


Instructions for Applicants

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2016

A complete application file contains the following:

    1. Application Form
    2. Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)
    3. Graduate School Application Personal Statement (approx. 1000 words)
    4. Transcripts: Current undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student, and email the PDF to Alumni should order an official e-Transcript through the Registrar's homepage and have the transcript sent directly 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
    6. Two Letters of Recommendation These can be your graduate school 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 personal statement.
    7. A copy of the letter of acceptance from Harvard University*
    8. A copy of the statement of financial analysis from Harvard*

*Please note: If you have not received the letter of acceptance from Harvard by the application deadline, please submit to our office as soon as you receive it. The fellowship will be contingent upon acceptance to Harvard. Since financial need is a significant factor in this award, the Committee will not consider an application without the financial analysis statement.  Please submit your financial analysis statement as soon as you receive it.

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.  Letters should be sent to Scholarship Advising by email (preferable), or by mail to 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201.

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Final Application Submission

Please submit your personal statement as an email attachment to: Application Deadline:  April 1, 2016.

Priest Application Schedule

April 1, 2016

Application Deadline

May 2016

Priest Fellows Announced



Last Updated: 11/18/15