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Senior Fellows

Application Deadline:  April 14, 2017

  • To be eligible to apply, submit the Senior Fellowship Interest Form no later than the 6th week of winter term of junior year
  • NOTE:  students proposing Fellowships that would begin in a term other than fall should contact Undergraduate Research about the deadlines for the interest form and the application form

Program Description

Senior Fellowships involve projects for which the intellectual scope and breadth of imagination goes beyond that which can be accomplished by taking courses offered in the existing curriculum. Senior fellows are not required to enroll in classes during their senior year nor are they required to complete a major. The fellowship year comprises three terms of registered enrollment, at least one of which must be spent primarily in residence. The Senior Fellows program is supported by the Kaminsky Family Fund at Dartmouth College.

There are changes to the Senior Fellowship program that will be in place for fellowships beginning in 2017-2018. Please read the ORC section on Senior Fellows carefully to ensure that you understand the structure of the program.  


Budget: based on the costs associated with each Senior Fellow's project

  • Funding for Senior Fellowships is provided by the Kaminsky Family Fund.
  • Senior Fellows submit a budget for their projects and this budget must be approved by the Committee on Senior Fellowships.

Tuition reduction: Senior Fellows may opt for one of three plans.

  1. Attending the final term without paying tuition
  2. A graduate fellowship equal to one term's tuition.
  3. The self-help package reduced by the equivalent of one term's tuition (for financial aid students).


  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Must complete 35 credits in order to graduate. A Senior Fellowship earns 6 credits, so Senior Fellows must complete 29 additional credits.
  • Must complete all distributive and related requirements by the end of the second term of the fellowship.
  • Note that this is an academic program which is an alternative to a traditional major. Students who are seeking funding for large-scale projects that are not appropriate for academic credit should consider applying for a Stamps Scholarship.

Application Process

  • Students interested in applying for a Senior Fellowship must complete the Senior Fellowship Interest Form no later than the 6th week of the term, one term before submitting an application for a Senior Fellowship.
  • Once you have submitted the form, someone from UGAR will contact you to set up an initial meeting about the program and the application process.  If you have not been contacted within a week of submitting the interest form, please blitz "undergraduate research" to set up a meeting.
  • Applications are submitted via Canvas, and you will be enrolled in that application site once you have met with UGAR staff.

Application Checklist

  • Application form (includes budget)
  • Written proposal
  • Transcript (instructions on Canvas)
  • CPHS approval (if necessary)
  • Letters of recommendation from three (3) Dartmouth faculty members
    • NOTE:  if the primary advisor is not on the tenure-track, one of the secondary advisers must meet that criterion
  • Interview: scheduled following submission of application

Application Timeline

This timeline assumes a typical academic schedule: applying in the spring of junior year to begin a fellowship in the fall of senior year. If you wish to start a fellowship in a term other than fall of senior year, you MUST contact the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research no later than the third week of the term THREE terms before you wish to begin the fellowship.

Applications will not be accepted from students who do not adhere to the deadlines specified in this application timeline.

  • Fall of junior year (or earlier):
    • Identify a primary advisor for the project
    • Work with primary advisor to design the fellowship project
    • Read the ORC section on Senior Fellowships
  • Winter of junior year:
    • Do any background research or work necessary for the project
    • Consult with faculty who might serve as secondary advisors or consultants for the fellowship
    • Work on the project proposal and submit an initial draft to your primary advisor
    • Submit the Senior Fellowship Interest Form no later than the 6th week of the term
    • Meet with UGAR to discuss the program, the application process, and your proposed project (to be scheduled after submitting the interest form)
  • Spring of junior year:
    • Complete the final draft of the written proposal no later than the first week of spring term
    • Request three letters of recommendation from faculty members in the first week of spring term. Provide your recommenders with your written proposal at the time you request the recommendations.
    • Submit the application on or before the deadline
    • Initial notifications will be sent out 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.  
    • Applicants who are selected to advance to the next stage will be interviewed by the Committee on Senior Fellowships.  Both the applicant and his/her primary advisor are required to attend the interview.
    • Final selection of Senior Fellows will be completed by the end of the term, and students will be notified of those decisions via email.

Elements of the Application and Written Proposal

  • Written proposal (refer to the Canvas application site for more detailed instructions)
    • Project description
      • state what the project is
      • explain why the project is important (for example, how the project will contribute to your academic development)
      • describe the project in detail, including methods
      • discuss relevant literature and/or previous work in the area done by you and by others
      • bibliography/references
    • Timeline: provide a specific timetable for the duration of the proposed Fellowship
    • Budget: provide an itemized budget and budget justification
  • Application form
    • project abstract:  provide a succinct description of your proposed project (~250 words).
    • project outcome:  specify what the actual final project will be (e.g. written thesis, film, musical production, etc.). There may be multiple components to the final project.
    • advisors:  describe the expertise of your advisor(s) in relation to your project and explain the role of each of your advisors
    • preparation:  how your background in academics and/or other areas has prepared you to do this project
    • justification:  explain why you are applying for a senior fellowship rather than enrolling in existing courses
    • major:  explain why you do or do not intend to complete a major in addition to the fellowship
    • academic plan if you are selected as a Senior Fellow:  what courses would you take or audit and why?  Do you intend to complete a major?  Will you have satisfied the requirements for graduation?
    • academic plan if you are not selected as a Senior Fellow:  how much of your project would you be able to accomplish?  What courses would you take?
    • future:  Describe your plans after graduation and discuss how the Fellowship relates to those plans

Additional Information

  • If you are proposing a performance project requiring any support from the Hopkins Center staff, you must consult with the Director of Hopkins Center Student Programs before submitting the proposal.
  • Ownership of intellectual property created by Senior Fellows as part of Fellowship projects shall be determined in accordance with the patent and copyright policies of Dartmouth College.
  • Students who plan to finish a major in addition to the Senior Fellowship should be aware that they must also complete their major department's culminating experience requirement.
  • Senior Fellows may not use funds provided by Dartmouth College for personal gain. For example, if the product of the Senior Fellowship is a book, a Fellow may not use Dartmouth College funds to print copies of the book to be sold for profit. The Fellow may, however, use other funds either during or after the Fellowship to print and sell the books.

Last Updated: 1/6/17