How to Apply

Late applications are NOT accepted. If you have questions about the program or application process, contact UGAR before the application deadline.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

The following apply to ALL UGAR programs:

  • Travel: updates to Dartmouth-sponsored travel policies went into effect April 19
    • Sponsored travel will be unrestricted within the U.S. for all vaccinated faculty, staff, and students.
    • Sponsored travel within New England is also unrestricted for individuals who are unvaccinated; however, they must apply for a travel exception to participate in Dartmouth-sponsored travel outside of New England and will need to quarantine before returning to campus.
    • For health and safety reasons and to facilitate support during emergencies, all Dartmouth-sponsored travelers are required to enter plans for domestic travel outside of New England into Dartmouth's updated travel registry. Further information is available here.
    • Currently, all international Dartmouth-sponsored travel still requires a travel exception. Note that UGAR may extend its ban on funding international travel even if students are granted a travel waiver.
    • Dartmouth continues to discourage all nonessential travel for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, given that, when people are on the move, so is the virus. More information regarding travel policies can be found here.
  • Campus access: undergraduates are permitted access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, only if they register for campus access (which requires partcipation in the COVID testing protocol). See the policy on undergraduate research for academic year 2021-2022.
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

Presidential Scholarships

Students will be notified of their eligibility to apply for Presidential Scholarships in winter of sophomore year. Applications are due in spring term of sophomore year:

  • April 28, 2021 deadline (due by 11:59pm)
  • Late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason
  • Research terms: you must indicate on the application form the two terms in which you intend to conduct the research. However, you may change the research terms at any point after the application process by emailing "undergraduate research." Note that you must complete two terms of research during your junior year (from "sophomore summer" through spring of junior year).

Application Timeline

  • Eligible students are notified in winter of sophomore year.
  • If you are off campus in the winter, do not wait until spring to begin contacting faculty as some faculty may select their Scholars early in the process.
  • Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline in the spring, so there is no benefit to submitting applications early.
  • Student application forms and faculty mentor confirmation forms must both be submitted by the application deadline.
  • Research assistantships may begin as early as "sophomore summer," and both terms must be completed by the end of spring term of junior year.
    • Both terms of the assistantship must be conducted while students are on campus and enrolled in classes. In some cases, this policy may be waived but only if there is a compelling reason to do so (e.g. student and faculty mentor are both on the same off-campus program). Students who want to pursue this option must submit a request via email BEFORE the start of the assistantship, and it must be approved by both the faculty mentor and the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research.
  • Students will receive notification of acceptance to the program 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Failure to follow instructions may result in a delay in your application decision or rejection of your application. Be sure to read ALL of the information carefully.

Application Process

Once you have found a faculty research mentor, complete the application form. This will generate an automatic email to both you and your faculty research mentor:

  • Save a copy of this email as it is confirmation of your application submission.
  • The email includes a link for your faculty mentor to confirm the research assistantship. Be sure to follow up with your faculty research mentor to ensure that the s/he has received the email and is aware of the deadline. If your faculty research mentor does not receive the automatic email or is having difficulty with the form, contact Undergraduate Research.

Selection by a faculty mentor does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

If there are more applications than stipends available, applications will be judged on factors such as grades in relevant courses, description of the project, student's role, and the relationship of the research to the student's academic goals.

Email notifications

All communications from UGAR will be sent from the "undergraduate research" blitz account. To ensure that you receive these emails, be sure that spam filtering is set up correctly in your email. The college provides detailed instructions on how to ensure that emails from specific email addresses are not inadvertently delivered to your spam/junk folder.

Finding a Faculty Mentor

  • The program does not match students with faculty, students are responsible for finding their own faculty research mentors.
  • Your Presidential Scholar research assistantship does not have to be in your major department.
  • Students should contact potential faculty mentors directly to arrange interviews during winter and/or spring term. UGAR does not coordinate or facilitate the interviews. 
  • Interviews are conducted by the faculty at their discretion. Faculty will not necessarily interview all interested students.
  • If you will be off campus during the winter term, you are strongly encouraged to contact faculty about assistantships during winter term rather than waiting until you return to campus in the spring. Students who are off-campus in the winter may be able to arrange interviews via phone or Skype. Some faculty wait until spring term to select a Scholar so that all interested students have the opportunity to interview for the assistantship, but some opt to select a Scholar during the winter term.
  • You may interview with as many potential faculty mentors as you wish, but you may submit an application for only one two-term assistantship with one faculty advisor.

Online Application Form

  • CAREFULLY READ application do's and don'ts before beginning the form.
  • Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)
  • Use only alphanumeric characters (no symbols, dashes, quotation marks, tabs, line breaks, unusual fonts, etc.)
  • Be sure that all information entered is accurate and free of errors as this information will comprise your formal program record
  • Incomplete application data is saved and accessible for one week from start date, at which point any applications not submitted will be automatically purged

Submit Your Application

Presidential Scholars Application (This link is active during the application cycle.)

The form must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on the day of the deadline.

When you submit the form, you will receive an automated email. Save this email as it is confirmation of your application submission. Do not contact UGAR for confirmation of your submission unless you do not receive the automated email.