Program Information

About the Program

Senior Fellowships involve projects for which the intellectual scope and breadth of imagination goes beyond that which can be accomplished by taking courses offered in the existing curriculum.

Senior fellows are not required to enroll in classes during their senior year nor are they required to complete a major. Students who plan to finish a major in addition to the Senior Fellowship should be aware that they must also complete their major department's culminating experience requirement.

The fellowship year comprises three terms of registered enrollment, at least one of which must be spent primarily in residence.

Senior Fellows may not use funds provided by Dartmouth College for personal gain. For example, if the product of the Senior Fellowship is a book, a Fellow may not use Dartmouth College funds to print copies of the book to be sold for profit. The Fellow may, however, use other funds either during or after the Fellowship to print and sell the books.

The Senior Fellows program is supported by the Kaminsky Family Fund at Dartmouth College.

ORC Guidelines for Senior Fellowships

Faculty Advisors

Each Senior Fellow must have a faculty member who agrees to be the primary advisor for the project. Many Senior Fellows also have additional faculty advisors, particularly for interdisciplinary projects.

If the primary advisor is not on the tenure-track, one of the secondary advisers must meet that criterion).

Candidates for Senior Fellowships should be certain that their advisors understand and agree to the level of involvement required. It is a significant time commitment and not all faculty may be able to commit to advising a Senior Fellowship.

During the application process, students must consult with their advisor(s) to hone the project and develop the written proposal.

Awards

Budget:

  • Applicants submit a budget for their proposed projects (expenses directly related to the project only).
  • Budgets are finalized and approved by the Committee on Senior Fellowships for students who are selected as Senior Fellows.

Tuition reduction: Senior Fellows may opt for one of three plans.

  • Attending the final term without paying tuition
  • A graduate fellowship equal to one term's tuition.
  • The self-help package reduced by the equivalent of one term's tuition (for financial aid students).

Eligibility for Senior Fellowships

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • All students must complete 35 credits in order to graduate. Senior Fellows earn up to six fellowship credits, graded on a credit/no credit basis, so Senior Fellows must complete 29 additional credits.
  • Senior Fellows must complete all distributive and related requirements by the end of the second term of the fellowship.
  • This is an academic program which is an alternative to a traditional major. Students who are seeking funding for large-scale projects that are not appropriate for academic credit should consider applying for a Stamps Scholarship.

Senior Fellowship application deadline

Students apply for the program two terms prior to the start of the proposed fellowship. Students must submit an online Senior Fellowship interest form no later than one term prior to the term of application.

The standard cycle is to apply in spring of junior year for Senior Fellowships to begin in fall of senior year (so the interest form would be submitted in winter term of junior year). Students intending to start a fellowship in a term other than fall must contact UGAR at least three terms prior to the start of the proposed fellowship.

  • Next application deadline: April 12, 2018

Preparation for a Senior Fellowship

This timeline assumes a typical academic schedule: applying in the spring of junior year to begin a fellowship in the fall of senior year. If you wish to start a fellowship in a term other than fall of senior year, you MUST contact the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research no later than the third week of the term THREE terms before you wish to begin the fellowship.

Applications will not be accepted from students who do not adhere to the deadlines specified in this application timeline.

Fall of junior year (or earlier):

  • Identify a primary advisor for the project
  • Work with primary advisor to design the fellowship project
  • Read the ORC section on Senior Fellowships

Winter of junior year:

  • Do any background research or work necessary for the project
  • Consult with faculty who might serve as secondary advisors or consultants for the fellowship
  • Work on the project proposal and submit an initial draft to your primary advisor
  • Submit the Senior Fellowship Interest Form no later than the 6th week of the term
  • Meet with UGAR to discuss the program, the application process, and your proposed project (to be scheduled after submitting the interest form)

Spring of junior year:

  • Complete the final draft of the written proposal no later than the first week of spring term
  • Request three letters of recommendation from faculty members in the first week of spring term. Provide your recommenders with your written proposal at the time you request the recommendations.
  • Submit the application on or before the deadline
  • Initial notifications will be sent out 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.  
  • Applicants who are selected to advance to the next stage will be interviewed by the Committee on Senior Fellowships.  Both the applicant and his/her primary advisor are required to attend the interview.
  • Final selection of Senior Fellows will be completed by the end of the term, and students will be notified of those decisions via email.