Program Information

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

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

  • February 2, 2022 (for spring term research)
  • April 27, 2022 (for summer term research)
  • July 27, 2022 (for fall term research) 
  • October 12, 2022 (for winter term research)

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

Other research programs and sources of funding:

Honors thesis grant eligibility

  • Only seniors are eligible for these grants. 
    • Funding is only awarded for honors thesis research (not for culminating experiences or theses that are not in fulfillment of the honors program in your major).
    • 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).
  • Students must meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible for funding:
    • Enrolled as an undergraduate student during the funded term (R term)
    • Enroll in at least one R term following the funded term
  • 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 $2500 for honors thesis expenses during senior year. If students are initially awarded less than $2500, they may apply for additional funding in subsequent terms but will not be awarded more than $2500 in total for the senior thesis research.
  • 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.


  • Thesis 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.
  • 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.
  • Students 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).