Stefansson Fellowship

Stefansson Fellowships can be used to travel to the Arctic to study topics from climate change to homelessness to economic and security issues. 

Qeqertarsuaq Greenland

The Arctic is a vibrant region, home to millions of residents who live there year round. 

Clara Chew '09

Stefansson Fellows have worked with nonprofit organizations on youth issues, suicide prevention, climate change, and much more. 


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. It cannot be used for salary. 

Application Process

To apply for funding, complete the ONLINE APPLICATION by the deadline. An application is considered INCOMPLETE if it does not include ALL items listed below as well as answers to all the questions. You will be asked to describe your research proposal, including:

  • 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.

**Please note we are using a new application collection software. Log in by using your Dartmouth credentials under "I have username and password." It will accept all of your application materials and send out recommendation and supervisor forms directly to designated individuals.**

Upcoming application deadlines:

  • October 12, 2016 for Winter 17
  • January 25, 2017 for Spring 17
  • April 26, 2017 for Summer 17

Items to Submit With Your Online Application

You are also required to submit a budget, resume/CV, and transcript with your application at the time of submission. These are uploaded directly from within the online application. 


  • Travel, visa, housing, food, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses related to the internship.
  • Maximum funding available for a fellowship is $4000. If expenses are higher, please specify where additional funds will support the gap. If the fellowship costs less than $4000, simply show the amount necessary for funding.

Resume or CV

  • A current resume or CV


  • An electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar

Supervisor Statement

  • Applicants must ask their host organizations to complete the Supervisor Statement, which verifies your placement.

Letter(s) of Recommendation

*Please note this process has been updated for spring 2016 application cycles onward.

  • Requests for recommendations are made directly through the application link.  After beginning your application use the links provided to invite recommenders to complete an online form.

  • One recommendation must come from a Dartmouth faculty member. A second recommendation is suggested, but not required. Secondary recommendations can come from previous employers, advisors, staff, or an additional faculty member.

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.

Past Projects

  • Caroline Koller '18 - Plants, pollination and a warming climate in Greenland
  • David Polahsenski '17 - Alpine data collection in Denali National Park, AK
  • Anuraag Girdhar '15 - Game theory investigation of Alaska hunting permit allocation
  • Natalie Afonina TH '15 - Collect sea ice cores in Barrow, AK
  • Leo Eberhard '15 & Ryan West '14 - Marine security in the Arctic Iceland
  • 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 Arctic 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 12, 2016 - 4:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center