UGAR application deadlines

Check the eligibility criteria for each program as well as the UGAR general eligibility criteria before applying. Late applications are not accepted for any program. If you have questions about programs or application processes, contact UGAR before the application deadline.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

The following apply to ALL UGAR programs (additional policies for specific programs are included below):

  • Travel: the College has imposed a travel ban on both domestic and international travel. UGAR will not consider any applications for research that involve travel until the ban has been lifted. Students should not submit applications for travel waivers as those will be denied. Note that UGAR may extend its ban on funding international travel even if the college lifts the institutional ban.
  • Campus access: access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, is restricted to undergraduates who are approved by the College for on campus enrollment.
  • Research labs: undergraduates who are approved by the College for on campus enrollment may have access to some research labs but NOT for research with faculty affiliated with Geisel or Tuck. Access to research labs requires special permission, and students may not engage in lab-based research until they have secured the relevant permissions and sent confirmation of approval to UGAR. Information about the restrictions and procedure for requesting research lab access is detailed in the policy on undergraduate research for academic year 2020-2021.
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

Research Scholar programs 
(Presidential Scholars, Sophomore Research Scholars, Junior Research Scholars)

  • Remote research: students on a leave term OR students enrolled in classes but not in residence on campus may apply for research that will be conducted remotely from their current location. If any element of the research involves in-person interaction or access to locations outside of their current residence, students will need to justify the necessity of these elements and provide details about safety protocols and permissions.
  • On-campus research: only an option for students who are approved by the College for on campus enrollment. If any element of the research involves in-person interaction or access to labs or other campus spaces, students will need to justify the necessity of these elements and provide details about safety protocols and permissions

Research grants and fellowships
(Leave term grants, honors thesis grants, conference travel grants, Senior Fellowships, Stamps Scholarships, E.E. Just Fellowships, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships)

  • Leave terms: No funding for leave term research on campus (for specific guidelines about UGAR leave term grants, see the application Canvas site)
  • Enrolled on-campus terms: Funding for research on campus is only an option for students who are approved by the College for on-campus enrollment. Students must provide a justification for any element of on-campus research involving in-person interaction and/or access to campus facilities (including labs). Students also must confirm that they have obtained the appropriate permissions and will follow the established safety protocols.

Full-time and thesis research

Research grants

Applications for leave term and honors thesis research are accepted in the 5th week of the term immediately before the research term (due by 11:59pm). Note that the recommendation request form should be submitted at least one week prior to the application deadline to ensure that your faculty mentor has adequate time to complete the recommendation form before the application deadline. Late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason

  • October 14, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • February 3, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • April 28, 2021 (for summer term research)
  • July 28, 2021 (for fall term research)

** NOTE: you must submit the recommendation request form at least one week prior to the application deadline

Part-time assistantships

Research assistantships

Applications are accepted quarterly for Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars to conduct research in the following term (due by 11:59pm one week before the last day of classes):

  • November 11, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • March 3, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • May 26, 2021 (for summer term research)
  • August 18, 2021 (for fall term research)

Presidential Scholarships

Students will be notified of their eligibility to apply for Presidential Scholarships in winter of sophomore year. Applications are due in spring term of sophomore year:

  • April 28, 2021 deadline (due by 11:59pm)
  • Late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason
  • Research terms: you must indicate on the application form the two terms in which you intend to conduct the research. However, you may change the research terms at any point after the application process by emailing "undergraduate research." Note that you must complete two terms of research during your junior year (from "sophomore summer" through spring of junior year).

Conference funding

Applications for conference funding are accepted on a rolling basis. Students must submit applications at least two weeks before the conference.

Stamps Scholarships

Students apply for the Stamps Scholars program in the winter of sophomore year.

Application deadline: February 15

Senior Fellowships

Students apply for the Senior Fellowship two terms prior to the start of the proposed fellowship. The standard cycle is to apply in spring of junior year for Senior Fellowships to begin in fall of senior year:

  • Application deadline: April 15, 2021 (for fall 2021 start)
    • Recommendation request deadline: April 1, 2021

Note: Students must submit the Senior Fellowship interest form no later than the 6th week of the term, one term prior to the term of application (which would be winter for the standard application cycle)

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

Applications for the MMUF program are accepted each year on February 15.