Undergraduate Fellowship Program

(Application Mid-February)

Program description

*A Note on COVID-19

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will also be required to submit a contingency plan outlining how their project can be adapted to remote research in the event we are unable to return to campus this summer.

About the Program

The E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellowship is a two-year fellowship—held during the junior and senior years—designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities at Dartmouth who choose to enter a doctoral program in a STEM field after graduation. Recipients will receive funding to pursue full-time research during "off terms" and, during "on terms," recipients will receive a stipend to support their full participation in E.E. Just Programming and part-time research. Additionally, Undergraduate Fellows receive a professional development fund, mentorship from an E.E. Just Faculty Advisor, participate in professional development workshops designed to prepare them to thrive in graduate school, and serve as role models within the E.E. Just and Dartmouth Community through their active participation in the full slate of E.E. Just activities.


Sophomores majoring in a STEM discipline who are interested in earning a PhD and are committed to the mission of the E.E. Just Program are eligible to apply. Applicants must identify a research mentor and work with that mentor to lay the groundwork for a research project that will stretch over the course of two years. Note that this is a competitive program and not all students who submit an application will be selected.

Benefits and responsibilities

Funding for Faculty-Mentored Research:

  • Off-terms:  Fellows are eligible for funding to support up to two terms of full-time (40 hours per week) research during a leave term under the direction of a Dartmouth faculty member 
  • On-terms:  Fellows will receive a stipend to support part-time research under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member. Fellows are also expected to fully participate in E.E. Just programming. The combined time commitment for research and program participation is 10-12 hours per week, up to six terms.


Each Fellow will have two faculty mentors as part of the program:

  • Faculty Research Mentor: supervision and guidance for the Fellow’s research project.
  • E.E. Just Faculty Advisor: general academic and career guidance.


  • Fellows will serve as role models and leaders within the E.E. Just and Dartmouth Community.  In particular, Fellows will participate in aspects of Dartmouth Adventures in STEM our pre-orientation program for students interested in majoring in STEM.

Professional Development:

  • Workshops designed to prepare Fellows to apply for and to thrive in graduate school, as well as a professional development fund that can be used for such things as travel to professional meetings and for graduate application preparation.

Study Space:

  • Fellows will have access to the E.E. Just Space (Wilder 113).

Quarterly Reports:

Each quarter fellows will submit a report summarizing their research findings and experience.

Application & Timelines

  • Application opens mid-February
  • March 27, 2020: Deadline for Letters of Recommendation (from faculty mentors and recommenders).

    Faculty should have received the link to the recommendation form via email when the applicant completed the online request form in February. Applicants may check in with mentors and recommenders to ensure they received the email request and are aware of the application deadline.
  • April 10, 2020: Deadline for applicant to submit Application Form:
  • April 20 – 24, 2020: Finalist Interviews
  • Early May 2020: Announcement of fellowship recipients.