Criteria for Research at Dartmouth

  • The work must contribute in some way to your academic and/or intellectual development.
  • You must have a faculty mentor who is affiliated with Dartmouth College (including the medical, engineering, and business schools).
  • The research can be part-time while taking classes or full-time during a leave term.
  • Some programs involve working as a research assistant on a faculty project, and others provide funding for self-generated projects completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Eligibility for UGAR programs

  • Applicants must be matriculated as undergraduate students at the college (pursuing a Dartmouth A.B. degree with enrollment designated "R" or "L" in the term(s) of the proposed project).
  • Undergraduate students who are enrolled at Dartmouth but not pursuing a Dartmouth A.B. (including exchange students and Thayer dual degree students) are not eligible for UGAR programs.
  • UGAR funding is awarded only for students working directly with a Dartmouth faculty member (including faculty at Geisel, Tuck and Thayer). Students working with faculty or researchers at other institutions are not eligible for UGAR funding.
  • Students must be in good standing with the college and eligible to participate in college-sponsored programs. Students who have withdrawn from the college (medical or personal leave, etc.) are not eligible for funding in the term(s) in which they are withdrawn.
  • Students who have received funding through a UGAR program must be in good standing with UGAR (e.g. submitted all required paperwork and final reports) in order to participate in another program or apply for additional research funding.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are responsible for determining whether their visa status allows them to receive funding through UGAR programs. This must be done BEFORE applying for UGAR programs. Contact OVIS with questions. UGAR cannot advise students on any visa issues. Additional notes:
    • UGAR funding is via stipends rather than paying hourly wages, but the hours students engage in research DO count as work hours for purposes of immigration regulations. Students are responsible for any prior approval required for their visa status and for tracking the hours they engage in research. 
    • UGAR funding is for students to engage in research directly with a Dartmouth faculty member. If there is any component of the research that involves collaborating with others outside of Dartmouth or accessing worksites outside of Dartmouth, those may require prior authorization depending on visa status.