Stefansson Fellowship

The Institute of Arctic Studies awards the Stefansson Fellowship to students who want to pursue a research project that could be enhanced by travel to a Northern community or location. We also consider projects that involve high mountain glacier research or research with another Arctic research center in the U.S. or elsewhere. The objective of the fellowship is to go beyond the limits of library research and provide younger scholars with field experience.
Individual projects may deal with topics in any field of study represented in the Dartmouth curriculum (including the professional schools). Preference is given to proposals that exhibit an awareness of prior research related to the chosen topic, offer a persuasive rationale for the value of field research in an Arctic location, and involve work that has implications beyond the American Arctic.

Special consideration is given to proposals developed in consultation with a staff or faculty member and in collaboration with an appropriate northern community, organization, or agency. The recommendation should come from a faculty member who is able to comment on the relevance of the project to the applicant or the Northern community. The application should also include some indication that appropriate arrangements have been (or can be) made with the organization or community in question.

The fellowship includes financial support of up to $4,000 for travel, meals, and housing. 


To apply for funding, a complete application must be received by the deadline.

The application form can be found HERE.  Applications will be considered INCOMPLETE without all items listed below:

Items to Submit with Your Online Application:

You will be required to submit a budget, written proposal, and transcript with your application form at the time of submission. These will be uploaded directly into the form linked above. 

Budget (application will prompt for the following):

  • Travel, Visa, Housing, Food, Supplies, and Miscellaneous other expenses related to the internship.

  • Maximum funding available for interns is $4000.  If expenses are higher, please specify where additional funds will support the gap.  If the internship costs less than $4000, simply show the amount necessary for funding.

Written Proposal (3-5 page, double-space narrative) that includes:

  • The relevance of the research to your academic & intellectual interests

  • The responsibilities & requirements of the project & your qualifications to fulfill them

  • A work plan for the conduct of the research to be undertaken

  • A description of your personal goals

  • Consult with your faculty research mentor to determine whether your project requires review by the Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects.


  • Request an electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar (pdf format) for upload with your application.

Items to Submit Directly to the Dickey Center

Submit the following via email to by the application deadline.

Supervisor Statement

  • The person who will be supervising your work at the fellowship location must complete the Supervisor Statement (see form link below).

Letter of Recommendation

  • Submit a recommendation letter (see form link below) from a faculty member familiar with your research project.

Additional Application Details

Applications are reviewed by the Institute of Arctic Studies Stefansson Fellowship Selection Committee once per term.

We strongly encourage interested students to contact the Institute of Arctic Studies as early as possible in the project conceptualization and development process. Visit the Dean of Faculty web page for information about other sources of research funding for Dartmouth students.

To arrange a meeting, learn more about past research projects, or discuss a project you are considering, contact Lee McDavid at the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center.


  • Trevelyn Wing  '12 - Climate change and its effect on Sami reindeer herding
  • Hannah Baranes '12 - Extracting and analyzing sediment cores from the Quelccaya Ice Cape of Peru
  • Jennifer Koester '12 - Organizing the Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institution
  • Kalina Newmark '11 - Oral histories of indigenous women leaders in the Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Gurveen Chadha '13 - Homeless shelter development, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Elizabeth Parker '12 - NOAA fisheries lab in Juneau, AK
  • Alexander Lee '10 - Use of ground penetrating radar to analyze snowpack a the Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park
  • John Thompson '13 - Sediment coring at the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru
  • Hanul Kim '12 - Basque-Inuit archeological dig with the Smithsonian Institution
  • Mary Hiratsuka ‘07 - Role of media and public policy as a means for preservation and perpetuation of Inuit language and culture in Greenland and Alaska
  • Jeremy Rohrlich ’07 - Physical and cultural erosion in Shishmare, Alaska
  • AlexAnna Salmon ’08 - Ethno-history of the settlement of Igiugi, Alaska
  • Elyssa Gelman ’06 & Esther Perman ’07 - Research survey and excavation of Basque sites in Northern Quebec with Smithsonian Actic Studies Center
  • Susan Allie Hunter ’07 - Bowhead whale data collection and analysis of results of global warming on bowhead population
  • Chris Polashenski ’07 - Track and model mercury in snowmelt as it enters the arctic ecosystem, Barrow, Alaska
  • Zach Strong ’06 - Reforestation and afforestation techniques in Iceland
  • Sasha Earnheart-Gold ’04 - Legal liability for global warming. Case studies of the Inuit and Tuvalu
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 4:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center