Program Information

Research grant application deadlines

Applications are accepted in the 5th week of each term for leave term and honors thesis research in the following term (due by 11:59pm): 

  • July 19, 2017 (for fall term research)
  • October 11, 2017 (for winter term research)
  • January 31, 2018 (for spring term research)
  • April 25, 2018 (for summer term research)

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

Program Description

Research grants are intended for projects in which students are intellectually engaged and playing a key role in the project. Students 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.

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

  • 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, although funding for the summer after your first year is limited.
  • 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

  • Priority for leave term funding will go to students conducting unpaid research full-time. 
  • Applications involving research that is less than ten weeks and/or less than 35 hours per week will be considered after decisions are made about full-time research and only if funding is available. Awards for part-time research will be pro-rated based on the number of weeks and/or number of hours of proposed research. Students conducting research for less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for leave term grants.
  • 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).