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Junior Year Research Scholarships

The program provides juniors with the opportunity to work on a research project in close collaboration with a Dartmouth faculty mentor.

General Information

  • Applications for 2014-2015 are still being accepted as long as funding is available. If you would like to apply for a Fall 2014 assistantship, please contact Undergraduate Research NO LATER than Wednesday, August 13, for instructions on how to apply.
  • FAQ for Students
  • FAQ for Faculty

Program Description

  • Students work part-time (7-12 hours per week) with a faculty mentor on research projects while also enrolled in classes.
  • Students can work as research assistants on a faculty project or generate an independent research project and conduct the research with a faculty mentor.
  • This program is for residence term research during junior year. Students interested in leave term research should apply for a research grant.
  • Research scholarships are either one or two terms in length, as per agreement between the student and faculty mentor.
  • Ownership of intellectual property created by Junior Research Scholars as part of their research through the program shall be determined in accordance with the patent and copyright policies of Dartmouth College.  For more information, click here.
  • Mentors must have a faculty appointment (this includes Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth Medical School, DHMC, and Tuck).
  • Students are responsible for finding a faculty mentor to work with and should meet with potential faculty mentors to identify a research project of mutual interest.  See “Tips for Finding a Faculty Research Mentor” for information and links to resources about faculty research.
  • Note that this is a competitive program and not all students who submit applications will be selected for the program. Women and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Stipend of $750 per term (for 7-12 hours of work per week)
  • Stipends are paid at the end of each term, contingent on submission of a research summary by the student and confirmation of completion by the faculty mentor.

Funding Sources

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): the largest private supporter of science education.
    • Support for research in the life sciences that involves predominately basic or bench science.
  • Hellman Family Foundation: a private foundation that supports a variety of projects. Frances Hellman '78 established this fund through Dartmouth's Women in Science Project.
    • Support for undergraduate women conducting research in chemistry, engineering, math, and physics/astronomy.
  • Paul K. Richter and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Fund
    • Support for faculty-mentored research in any academic discipline.


  • Research scholarships can be done during any two academic terms of junior year (agreed on by you and your faculty mentor). 
  • Scholarships may begin as early as the summer after the sophomore year ("sophomore summer") and must end no later than spring of junior year.
  • Students participating in the Junior Research Scholars program are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in the Presidential Scholars program.
  • Students may not participate in other research programs (e.g. Neukom Scholars) in the same terms as they are engaging in research for this program.
  • Applications are judged on a variety of factors including: demonstrated interest in the academic area of the research, grades in relevant courses, description of the project and student's role, and the relationship of the research to the student's academic and career goals.

Application Process

Final Reports

  • Students must submit a final report at the conclusion of the research term(s).  Click HERE for instructions on final reports.
  • Junior Research Scholars who are doing research in the sciences are required to participate in the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium poster session in the spring unless they are off campus in the spring term (in that case, they must submit a final report in another format)


  • Blitz "Undergraduate Research" or call 646-3690

Last Updated: 7/29/14