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 captivating Instagram image and been curious about what other stories might be waiting for you within the archives. If this sounds like you, consider applying now 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 Fellow Program will provide funds for room, board, and a term-long stipend of $2,500 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 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.
The Library is deeply committed to Dartmouth’s diversity, inclusion, and social justice goals as evidenced in the Provost Division 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 related to diversity and inclusion. To that end, the Library encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of our fellowship program.
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.
The 2018-19 Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship is piloting an initiative that will add to Dartmouth’s historical record and 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 Provost Division 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 related to diversity and inclusion. 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.
All fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research at Rauner Special Collections Library.
Criteria for selection will include:
The quality of the proposal; strong sense of purpose; product 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 with collections or 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 (up to three pages) description of the project
- Proposed term of residence
- List of collection(s) of interest at Rauner and how they will be used
- 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 are only three remaining fellowships 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. So, even if you’re hoping to be a Spring 2018 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 Fall 2018 term:
- Deadline: EXTENDED to August 17th! (notification no later than August 29th)
To apply, submit your project description and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender. The selection committee will not 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 Morgan Swan.