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The Senior Fellowship is considered to be a major and as such, is intended to be a culmination of a student’s academic trajectory. The fellowship year comprises three terms of registered enrollment, at least one of which must be spent primarily in residence. Senior fellows are not required to enroll in regular 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.
Applicants for the Senior Fellowship propose an academic schedule for senior year as well as a plan for a fellowship project. 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.
The Senior Fellows program is supported by the Kaminsky Family Fund at Dartmouth College.
The Senior Fellowship program was established in 1929 by Ernest Hopkins, 11th President of Dartmouth College. Although not an academic himself, he was a staunch advocate of academic freedom and envisioned the program as way for motivated students to push the boundaries of a traditional education.
"In order that added stimulus may be given to the genuine spirit of scholarly attainment in undergraduate life and that the cultural motives of the liberal arts college may be emphasized; and in order that the tendencies of the honors courses toward freedom from routine requirements may be carried to further development in the cases of men outstandingly competent to utilize such freedom; and further that illustration may be given in the undergraduate body that the acquisition of learning is made possible largely by individual search and in but minor degree by institutional coercion… That there be hereby established the Senior Fellowships of Dartmouth College."
Former Senior Fellows include:
Tuition reduction: Senior Fellows may opt for one of three plans. Fellows are strongly encouraged to consult with the Campus Billing office as individual financial circumstances will have an impact on these options.
Students apply for the Senior Fellowship TWO TERMS prior to the start of the proposed fellowship. The standard cycle is to apply in spring of junior year for Senior Fellowships to begin in fall of senior year.
Students proposing to begin a fellowship in a term other than fall term must contact UGAR to determine the application deadline (which will be TWO TERMS prior to the proposed start of the fellowship).
Note: Students must submit the Senior Fellowship interest form no later than the 6th week of the term, one term prior to the term of application (which would be winter for the standard application cycle)