Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program

Two-year program designed to enable extraordinary educational experiences for Dartmouth undergraduates.

NOTE: the program has been modified so please read all information carefully

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

The College has announced that remote learning will continue through the summer term. 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 funding application deadlines:
    • Sophomore/Junior Research Scholars: May 27 (unchanged)
    • Presidential Scholars: NEW DEADLINE: May 10 (11:59pm)
  • Summer term: 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)

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 funding application deadline EXTENDED to May 6 (11:59pm)
  • 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

About the program

The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program was established in 2014 in partnership with the Stamps Scholars Strive Foundation to recognize and reward students who demonstrate academic merit, strong leadership potential, and exceptional character. Dartmouth Stamps Scholars are part of a national network of Stamps Scholars located in 40 elite universities across the country. The goal is to enable exceptional students to become meaningful leaders throughout society.

What is a Stamps Scholarship?

The Stamps Scholarship is a two-year program that provides resources for students to fully engage in a series of active learning activities that contribute to and complement their coursework. Applicants to the program propose a two-year plan that either focuses on a single academic discipline or combines elements of more than one discipline. Students selected for the program will be those who are academically engaged, intellectually curious, and well prepared to pursue their academic passions. Scholars work closely with a faculty mentor in their major course of study.

Stamps Scholars at Dartmouth:

Awards

Students selected as Stamps Scholars are awarded up to $10,000 per year for two years to enable experiences that will enhance academic and professional development. Funding for the second year is contingent on progress in the first year and the plan for the second year.

Examples of funding categories include:

  • Part-time research with your faculty mentor during "on" terms
  • Leave term research, internship or other related opportunity during "off" terms
  • Attendance at an academic conference or leadership training
  • Travel for research or for other purposes related to academic field of study
  • Supplies and equipment related to the funding categories above

Expectations of Scholars

Students selected as Stamps Scholars are expected to actively engage in their project and in the program for two years. This includes:

  • Regular meetings with faculty mentor(s)
  • Attendance at program meetings and events
  • Submission of quarterly progress reports
  • Presentation in spring term at the on-campus Scholar symposium
  • Participation in the bi-annual national conference of Stamps Scholars
  • Engagement and leadership in on or off campus groups or initiatives
  • Continuation of academic engagement and achievement

Faculty mentors for Scholars

A key element of a Stamps Scholarship is faculty mentoring. Before beginning the application process for the program, you will need to find a faculty mentor with expertise in your area of interest. Start this process early so that you have adequate time to work with your mentor on your application. Faculty mentors for Stamps Scholars are expected to be closely involved in the project from beginning to end so be sure that your faculty mentor understands and agrees to the two-year time commitment. 

Once you have a faculty mentor, you can proceed to the application process. You may opt to have an additional mentor or mentors, depending on the nature of your project, but only your primary mentor is required to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Be sure to let your faculty mentor know that s/he will be asked to complete a recommendation form that includes a series of prompts (rather than a standard letter of recommendation).

Other scholarship programs

There are two other UGAR programs that are structured in a similar way to the Stamps Scholarship Program. In all three programs, students apply as sophomores and participate in the program for two years (starting in sophomore summer and continuing until graduation). Be sure to review the guidelines and eligibility criteria for each program as they are all different. Students may apply for more than one of these programs but may participate in only one.

Students who are selected for any of these three programs ARE eligible to apply for the Senior Fellowship program.