Stefansson Fellowship

The Stefansson Fellowship supports undergraduate and graduate research projects that could be enhanced by travel to a Northern location or glacier environment. We also support research in collaboration with Dartmouth faculty or an Arctic research center in the US or elsewhere. A Stefansson Fellowship it intended to go beyond the limits of library research and provides younger scholars with field experience.

elizabeth parker '12

Libby Parker '12 completed a fellowship with NOAA facility Juneau, Alaska. Part of her work was shipboard, studying a small fish called a capelin.


Sam Streeter '13 worked with Earth Sciences Professor Erich Osterberg in Alaska's Denali National Park collecting ice cores.


Stefansson Fellowships also support student research projects. Anna Gleizer '14 circumnavigated Russia's Lake Baikal collecting water samples to analyze the effects of climate change.

Stefansson Fellowship projects can deal with topics in any field of study. Proposals should exhibit an awareness of prior research related to the topic and offer a persuasive rationale for the value of field research. Special consideration is given to proposals developed in consultation with a faculty member and in collaboration with an appropriate northern community, organization, or agency. We strongly encourage interested students to contact the Institute of Arctic Studies as early as possible in the project conceptualization and development process. 

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.

Go to Stories from the Field to read about the work by past Stefansson Fellows.


Applicants can be undergraduates or graduate students returning to campus for at least one term after completing the internship. Returning fellows agree to participate in workshops or informational sessions related to internships.

Following completion of the fellowship, students are required to submit a selection of photos from the experience and a 3-5 page report describing not only the kind of work done, but also something about the organizational host, the people with whom the fellow worked, and how the experience was meaningful.


  • Fall 2017: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
  • Winter 2018: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Spring 2018: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Summer 2018: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.**

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

  • Requests for letters of recommendation are made directly through the application link. Please begin your application and use the links provided to solicit letters from recommenders.

  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a Dartmouth faculty member familiar with your proposed project. A second letter of recommendation is suggested, but not required. Secondary letters of recommendation can come from previous employers, advisors, staff, or an additional faculty member.
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