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Hanover, NH
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190
Email:  Undergraduate research

James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars

The James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars Program was initiated in 1988 and provides opportunities for juniors to work as research assistants with Dartmouth faculty. These opportunities are intended to prepare students for undertaking senior honors theses. In 1997, the Program was endowed by John (Launny) L. Steffens, Dartmouth '63. We are grateful to Mr. Steffens for his generous support of this program.  The program was renamed in January of 2007 in honor of James O. Freedman, 16th President of Dartmouth College, in recognition of his commitment to undergraduate teaching and scholarship.


For the classes of 2016 and later:

  • Term 1: $850 (for 7-12 hours of work per week).
  • Term 2: $850 OR academic credit as Independent Study.

Stipend payments for international students (non-resident aliens) are subject to a 14% tax.

** Independent Study credit must be arranged through the faculty advisor for the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar project and approved by that professor's department.  Note that some departments have specific requirements and pre-requisites for approval of research for credit, and students must satisfy these requirements in order to be eligible for independent study credit.  If the independent study is approved by the department, students must register for the course through the Registrar's office.  Note that students may not receive both a stipend and independent study credit for their second term of Presidential Scholar research.  Independent study credit is not an option for the first term of the scholarship.


  • Available only to rising juniors who have attained a GPA in the top 40% of the class at the end of fall term of sophomore year.
    • GPA cut-off for the class of 2018 is 3.58 (based on grades through the end of fall 2015)
  • Eligible students will be notified winter term of sophomore year and can interview for the assistantships during winter and spring terms of sophomore year.
  • Assistantships can be done during any two academic terms of junior year (agreed on by you and your faculty mentor).  Students who cannot complete both terms of the assistantship during junior year will be discontinued from the program.
  • Assistantships can begin in "sophomore summer" but may NOT begin before that.
  • Students participating in the Presidential Scholars program are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in the Junior Research Scholars program.
  • Students may not participate in other research programs (e.g. Neukom Scholars, Human Development Fellowships) in the same terms as they are engaging in Presidential Scholar research.
  • Students who have received funding through another UGAR program (e.g. Sophomore Science Scholars, research grants) must be in good standing in that program in order to participate in this program (e.g. submitted all required paperwork and final reports).

Applying for a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholarship

(Instructions and Application Forms)

Senior Honors Thesis/Conference Fund

  • Available to undergraduates who have successfully completed both terms of a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar assistantship.
  • Funds up to $300 for James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars who have departmental approval to do a senior honors thesis.
  • Funds can be used for expenses related to honors thesis research or travel to an academic conference for the purpose of presenting research findings.

Senior Honors Thesis/Conference Fund Application (46K PDF File)

Last Updated: 2/9/16