Program Information

Up to $2,500 is available for grants to cover the costs of senior honors thesis research.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

This information will be updated as College policies continue to evolve. Monitor College emails for the most current information on changing policies that may apply to UGAR programs.

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

  • Spring term application deadlines: unchanged at this point
  • Spring term research: funding only for remote research (deadline for all requests: April 3, 2020)
    • Current Scholars: if you have not already completed 3 terms of research, you may email "undergraduate research" to request a third term for the spring
    • Students not currently in any of the Scholars programs: submit this online application form (be sure to note eligibility guidelines on application form)
  • Summer term research: TBD (will depend on whether the campus reopens to students)

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

  • Spring term application deadlines: unchanged at this point
  • Restrictions: 
    • No funding for travel (domestic or international) in spring and summer terms
    • If summer term is shifted to remote learning, no funding will be awarded for summer research on campus

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):

  • April 29, 2020 (for summer term research)
  • July 22, 2020 (for fall term research)
  • October 14, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • February 3, 2021 (for spring term research)

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

Honors thesis grant eligibility

  • Only seniors are eligible for these grants. 
    • Students conducting honors thesis research in the summer before senior year may apply for either an honors thesis grant or a leave term grant depending on which is more appropriate for the individual circumstances.
  • Students are not eligible for these awards once they have completed the requirements and credits for a Dartmouth undergraduate degree (for example, students who have completed a Dartmouth A.B. and are continuing coursework for a Dartmouth B.E. are not eligible for leave term research grants).
  • If your thesis has not yet been accepted by the grant application deadline, you are still eligible to apply if your faculty thesis advisor confirms that approval is pending.
  • Students apply for funding the term before the one in which they require funding. Funding will not be awarded retroactively or for the term in which the application is submitted.
  • Students who have previously received funding through UGAR must be in good standing in that program in order to be considered for a grant (e.g. submitted all required paperwork and final reports).
  • Applicants can receive a maximum of 2 honors thesis grants (students are eligible for senior honors thesis grants even if they have received 2 leave term grants).
  • Senior Fellows and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are not eligible for these grants.
  • If you have questions about your eligibility, you must contact UGAR prior to the application deadline.

Be sure to also review the eligibility guidelines for UGAR programs before applying for a senior honors thesis grant.

Awards

  • Grants are awarded based on expenses directly related to the research, and NOT for cost of living (e.g. campus housing, meal plan, etc.) or an individual stipend or wages.
  • Award amounts are based on submitted budgets. Be sure to make your budget as accurate as possible and justify all expenses.
  • In some cases, larger awards may be possible if the research requires a higher level of funding. If you are requesting more than the maximum award amount, you will need to provide a very strong justification.
  • As noted above, grants are awarded for ONE term. Students whose honors thesis projects require more than one term of funding must submit applications for each term.
  • Student applying for honors thesis grants for expenses that will occur during the winter interim may either apply in the summer or in the fall. Award checks will not be available until 3-4 weeks after the application deadline, so be sure to plan accordingly. 
  • You are strongly encouraged to apply for funding from multiple sources. In addition to college offices that fund undergraduate research, many academic departments and programs have funding available for majors to conduct honors thesis and/or leave term research. You should contact your major department or program to inquire about funding options.
  • If you apply for funding from multiple sources, you may not accept more funding than the total cost of your project (as entered on the UGAR application form).