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Undergraduate Advising and Research
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Phone:  603.646.3690
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Email:  Undergraduate research

Junior 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

Class of 2018:

  • Applications for 2016-2017 assistantships are due May 11, 2016.

Class of 2017 (current juniors):

  • Next deadline: March 1, 2016 (for research in the spring)
    • Applications will be accepted as long as funding is available. Once funds have been fully expended, no more applications will be accepted for the rest of the academic year.
    • Applications are due one week before the last day of class in each term for research beginning in the following term.  Funding is not awarded retroactively or for research in the same term as the application deadline.
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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 $850 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 for the program is provided by multiple sources, including gifts from Dartmouth alumni.


  • 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.
  • Students may not receive wages and the Scholars stipend for the same hours they work on the project.  The Scholars program requires a 7-12 hour per week commitment.
  • Students may not receive academic credit (e.g. enroll in an independent study) for the research they are conducting as part of the Junior Research Scholars 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.
    • Submission of an application does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.

Click HERE for instructions on how to apply for the Junior Research Scholars Program


Last Updated: 11/16/15