Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship

Change the Narrative!

We would love you to take your passion for historical research and help us tell the stories of Dartmouth that have never been told. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Dartmouth College Library will be conducting a one-year historical accountability pilot initiative as part of Dartmouth's plan for Inclusive Excellence. So, we need your help!

Perhaps you’ve visited Rauner Library for a class, learned something about Dartmouth's past, and now wish you had the time to explore our collections in more depth. Maybe you’ve read an interesting blog post about student life on campus or seen a A student research fellow works with primary sources in Rauner Library's reading roomcaptivating Instagram image and been curious about what other stories might be waiting for you within the archives. If this sounds like you, consider applying for the Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship!

The pilot initiative, which is based at Rauner Special Collections Library, is offering four, term-long, full-time student research fellowships to assist Dartmouth students in exploring our collections and creating original content based upon primary sources. The Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship Program will provide a term-long stipend of $2,500 and funds for room and board for a Dartmouth student researcher during one of their off terms in the 2018-19 academic year. We are looking for research proposals that delve into untold or undertold stories from Dartmouth’s history that elucidate issues of inclusion and diversity on campus.

During the length of your fellowship term at Rauner, you’ll pursue your own research interests related to institutional history. The fellowship will culminate in a real-world product, whether that be an academic journal article, work of literature, artistic performance, conference paper, or similar accomplishment. Whatever your product, the Library will make it freely available through our website.

Come to Special Collections and help us open up Dartmouth's story. We’re excited to see what you can do!


Funding for the 2018-19 pilot is made possible by the Office of the Provost.


Application Process and Selection Criteria

Award and Expectations



The 2018-19 Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship is open to anyone who is currently a student at Dartmouth College. The Library is deeply committed to Dartmouth’s diversity, inclusion, and social justice goals as evidenced in the Office of the Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Plan. We seek to attract talented individuals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to conduct research that sheds light on Dartmouth's historical legacy. To that end, the Library encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of our fellowship program. Projects must make substantive use of Rauner materials. Creative, digital, research, and performance projects are all welcome.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

All fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research at Rauner Special Collections Library.

Before submitting your application materials, it is strongly recommended that you contact and arrange to meet with Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist and supervisor of the Fellowship Program. She and other Rauner staff will be able to give you insights as to relevant materials in the archive that relate to the project you plan to propose.

Criteria for selection will include:

The quality of the proposal; a strong sense of purpose; a final product that will meet scholarly or creative expectations

  • The achievability of the project – can be completed or realized in time allotted
  • The originality of the concept – builds on other scholars’ work or is an entirely new idea
  • The extent to which Rauner's collections are at the core of the project – primary and substantive need for special collections material
  • The project's engagement is strongly focused on issues of diversity and inclusivity at Dartmouth 
  • Faculty letter of recommendation – provides evidence of student’s ability to complete project

The application portfolio will consist of:

  • A brief description of the project (up to three pages in length)
  • List of collection(s) of interest at Rauner and how they will be used
  • Proposed term of residence
  • Resume
  • One letter of support from a faculty member

Award and Expectations

Historical Accountability Student Research Fellows will receive a one-term stipend of $2,500, a one-term housing allowance of $3,000, and a one-term food allowance of $2,000. Fellows will be in frequent and regular residence at Rauner during the entirety of their selected term. The term will culminate in the creation of a real-world product, whether that be an academic journal article, work of literature, artistic performance, conference paper, or similar accomplishment. Fellows will present the results of their project and discuss their research process at a public reception which will include a question-and-answer session. Because this is a full-time fellowship, the fellow may not be engaged in any other classes or programs during the fellowship term.


If you have a project in mind, apply now! There is only one remaining fellowship for the entire year. The selection committee will review any application within a few weeks of its submission and then decide whether or not to award a fellowship, regardless of the actual dates of your proposed fellowship term.

When all three fellowships have been awarded, no more applications will be considered. Even if you’re hoping to be a Summer 2019 Fellow, it’s best to get your application in as soon as possible to ensure its consideration before all the fellowships for the year have been awarded.

While applications for future terms are welcome at any time, there is a strict deadline for consideration for the upcoming Winter 2019 term:

  • Deadline for Winter Term 2019 applications: November 21st (notification of application status will occur no later than December 13th)

To apply, submit your project description and curriculum vitae to Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist and supervisor of the Fellowship Program. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender. The selection committee will not be able to consider your application until it has received your recommender's letter. We will notify you once we receive the letter but you are responsible for ensuring its delivery.

For informal inquiries, please contact Myranda Fuentes.