Program Information

Full-time 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 17, 2019 (for fall term research)
  • October 16, 2019 (for winter term research)
  • February 5, 2020 (for spring term research)
  • April 29, 2020 (for summer 2020 research)

**Note the following important points:

  • Students must submit the recommendation request form at least one week prior to these deadlines.
  • Student application forms and faculty mentor confirmation forms must both be submitted by the application deadline.
  • 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 GRANTS ONLY: 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. However, award checks will not be available until 3-4 weeks after the application deadline, so be sure to plan accordingly. 

Program Description

Research grants are intended for students working on projects full time during a leave term. Students must be intellectually engaged and playing a key role in the project. Those who will be serving as research assistants for faculty on faculty projects should apply for the part-time scholarship and assistantship programs, such as Presidential ScholarsJunior Research Scholars and Sophomore Research Scholars.

Students must be working directly with a Dartmouth College faculty mentor on the research. This generally 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, and students planning to apply to work as a group are encouraged to meet with UGAR prior to submitting an application. The research must be faculty-mentored and applicants should check the grant eligibility requirements to ensure that are members of the group are eligible to apply.

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).

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 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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).