Program Information

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

Research grant application deadlines

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): 

  • July 18, 2018 (for fall term research)
  • October 10, 2018 (for winter term research)
  • January 30, 2019 (for spring term research)
  • April 24, 2019 (for summer term research)

Note that students must submit the recommendation request form at least one week prior to these deadlines.

** Late applications are not accepted. If you have questions or issues related to your application, you must contact UGAR before 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.


  • 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.
  • 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).