Program Information

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

Monitor College emails for the most current information. Note the following:

  • 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: campus residency for undergraduates in the upcoming academic year will be restricted to two terms and will be limited to students enrolled in classes. The implications of restricted campus access for UGAR programs are listed below. These restrictions also apply to research at the graduate and professional schools as well as DHMC.
  • Research labs: the College is in phase 2 of the phased ramp-up of research labs. As per the Phase 2 guidelines: "Undergraduate students may not engage in on-campus research during phase 2 until further guidance is available." This applies to research at the college, the graduate and professional schools, and DHMC.

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

  • Summer term restrictions:
    • Funding only for remote research (no campus access and no domestic or international travel)
    • Not all research can be conducted remotely so discuss options with potential faculty research mentors
    • Students may opt to engage in these programs during a leave term (the leave term petition requirement is waived until further notice)
  • Fall term restrictions:
    • 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 enrolled in classes AND in residence on campus. 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)

  • Summer term restrictions: 
    • No funding will be awarded for research on campus, including the graduate and professional schools
    • Students whose research can be done remotely from their current locations (i.e. NO travel involved) would be eligible for leave term funding
    • For leave term and honors thesis grants, see the Canvas application site for further information
  • Fall term restrictions: 
    • Travel: No funding for research that involves international or domestic travel
    • 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 enrolled in classes AND in residence on campus. Students must provide a justification for any element of the on-campus research involving in-person interaction and/or access to campus spaces (including labs). Students will also need to provide details about safety protocols and permissions.

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

  • July 22, 2020 (for fall term research)
  • October 14, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • February 3, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • April 28, 2021 (for summer term research)

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

Program Description

Leave term grants are for students working on projects full time during a leave term. Students who plan to work on projects part-time are not eligible to apply.

Students must be intellectually engaged and play a key role in the project: 

Students must be working directly with a Dartmouth College faculty mentor:

  • This includes faculty at the College, Geisel School of Medicine, Tuck School of Business, and Thayer School of Engineering. Please contact Undergraduate Research if you have questions about your advisor's eligibility to supervise your research.
  • Students doing research with faculty at other (non-Dartmouth) institutions are not eligible for research grants.

Group projects are welcomed. Students planning to apply as a group are encouraged to meet with UGAR prior to submitting an application. The research must be directly mentored by a Dartmouth faculty member. Applicants should check the eligibility requirements to ensure that all members of the group are eligible to apply.

Eligibility for leave term grants

  • Grants are for students who will work on the project full time during a leave term (minimum of 35 hours/week for 10 weeks).
  • Students apply for funding in the term before the one in which they intend to engage in the research.
    • Funding will not be awarded retroactively or for applications submitted in the same term as the research.
    • Applications will only be accepted for research in the following term, not for research in subsequent terms.
  • Grants are awarded for leave term research during sophomore and junior years. This includes the summer after the first year and the summer before senior year.
  • Seniors are eligible for leave term grants ONLY if they have not yet taken three leave terms. Students must be enrolled for at least one term following the term of the leave term grant. 
  • Applicants can receive a maximum of 2 leave term grants (students are eligible for senior honors thesis grants even if they have received 2 leave term grants).
  • Students are not eligible for leave term research grants if they have completed enough 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 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).
  • Senior Fellows and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are not eligible for these grants.
  • Students are not eligible for funding for room and board for research being conducted in or near their hometowns except in unusual circumstances.
  • 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 leave term research grant.

Priorities for Funding

  • Leave term research grants are intended for unpaid research. For example, if your faculty research mentor is paying you hourly wages for the work related to your research, you are not eligible for a leave term research grant unless you have additional expenses not covered by your wages. This must be detailed on the budget form, and your wages must be included in the "additional sources of funding" section.
  • Students who are continuing faculty-mentored research (started via a part-time assistantship, class project, etc.) have priority in the selection process. Additional factors considered include the student's preparation for the project and the degree to which the project aligns with the student's academic and career goals.
  • Priority for summer term funding is given to seniors who are conducting preliminary research for a senior honors thesis.
  • Students 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. Students should contact their 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).