Program Information

Sophomore and Junior Research Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to assist faculty in their research.

This funding is limited to one research project, with a Dartmouth faculty mentor, conducted  for one or two terms.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

Until the College reopens the campus to undergraduates, students will not be permitted to engage in undergraduate research on campus, including the graduate and professional schools. Monitor College emails for the most current information on changing policies that may apply to UGAR programs.

Research Scholar programs 
(Presidential Scholars, Sophomore Research Scholars, Junior Research Scholars)

  • Summer term restrictions: funding only for remote research
    • Not all research can be conducted remotely so discuss options with potential faculty research mentors
    • Students may opt to engage in these programs during a leave term (the leave term petition requirement is waived until further notice)
  • Fall term restrictions (if any): to be determined

Research grants and fellowships
(Leave term grants, honors thesis grants, conference travel grants, Senior Fellowships, E.E. Just Fellowships, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships)

  • Summer term restrictions: 
    • No funding will be awarded for research on campus, including the graduate and professional schools
    • Students whose research can be done remotely from their current locations (i.e. NO travel involved) would be eligible for leave term grants
    • Leave term grant awards will be reduced to a maximum of $4000
    • For leave term and honors thesis grants, see the Canvas application site for further information
  • Fall term restrictions: will be updated when fall term policies are announced
    • No funding will be awarded for international travel (domestic travel policies TBD)

About the Research Scholar Programs

Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars assist faculty with their research. Students participating in these programs are not expected to generate their own independent research projects.

The nature of the work and skills required will vary depending on the project, and students should be sure that they have communicated with their faculty mentors and are clear about the expectations prior to the start of the assistantship.

Research Scholar Eligibility

Students are eligible for one research assistantship per year (that is, one or two terms with the same faculty mentor).

  • Sophomores: fall, winter, and spring of the sophomore year.
    • The summer after first year is also an option for students who will be on campus.
  • Juniors: "sophomore summer," and fall, winter, and spring of junior year.

Participation in other research programs:

  • Students participating in the Junior Research Scholars program are NOT eligible to participate in the Presidential Scholars program.
  • Students may not participate in other campus research programs (e.g. Neukom Scholars, Human Development Fellowships) in the same terms as they are engaging in a UGAR research assistantship. The one exception is the Stamps Scholars program. Students may participate in the Stamps Scholars program in addition to UGAR research assistantship programs.

Be sure to review the eligibility guidelines for UGAR programs before applying for a Sophomore or Junior Research Scholarship.

Time Commitment and Stipend

Students are expected to work 7-12 hours per week during the term(s) of the assistantship (for a total of 100 hours) in order to receive a $1000 stipend at the end of each term of the assistantship. Students are not required to submit timesheets, but it is strongly recommended that they keep a document tracking the time spent on the research and the tasks accomplished.

It is expected that the assistantship will be conducted during term(s) in which the student is enrolled in classes and both the student and their faculty mentor are on campus. In some cases, this policy may be waived (waiver information below).

Part-time assistantships

Research assistantships

Applications are accepted quarterly for Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars to conduct research in the following term (due by 11:59pm one week before the last day of classes):

  • August 19, 2020 (for fall term research)
  • November 11, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • February 26, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • May 26, 2021 (for summer term research)