Great Issues Scholars

Spend your first year exploring the vital international issues of the day with visiting dignitaries, Dartmouth experts, alumni, and your fellow students.

First year Great Issues Scholars get to know each other when they meet at the beginning of the year for an off-campus retreat. See more pictures here!

Students examine 200-year-old ice cores to see first-hand how ice recovered from Polar Regions holds clues to the history of the earth’s climate. 

Madeleine Albright

Discuss international issues with visiting dignitaries such as former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. 

Scholars examine special collections at the HOOD museum to discuss how artists have used their work as a platform for activism or raising awareness about important issues.

Does the food you eat have consequences for the planet?  Students visit Dartmouth's Organic Farm to learn how diet and climate change are related. 


Given current COVID-19 safety measures we will be modifying the program for the year and meeting remotely but will still offer a robust set of speakers and engagement opportunities for participants in the program.

Great Issues Scholars participate in a year-long series of interactive events aimed at enhancing their understanding of the world and current international events. The program is a unique opportunity to connect with faculty, visiting experts, alumni and fellow students around complex global issues. 

Scholars work and learn together while they gather for presentations, simulations, discussions and other small group events around topics like global health, climate change, gender in politics, international development, and regional security challenges.  Scholars also learn about various academic and career paths.


GIS comprises two cohorts: Great Issues Scholars LLC, selected from the Global Village Living Learning Community as well as non-residential Scholars.

  • Students interested in participating in the Great Issues Scholars  must apply to the program via the Housing StarPortal in Banner Student by writing the application for the Global Village and indicating an interest in this program.
  • Applications for non-residential Scholars will be due Sunday, September 20 at 11:59pm

Throughout the year Scholars meet together for regular programming and other special events such as a book discussion of a shared reading with an author or connecting with GIS alum to learn more about their carear paths!

Peer Mentors, former Scholars now in their sophomore, junior or senior years, help organize small group discussions, socials, and receptions with visitors and faculty. They also provide insights into the many ways Scholars can link the Great Issues Scholars program to their larger Dartmouth experience.


Regular participation in GIS ensures that you see a variety of viewpoints and hear differing approaches/opinions. It also means you have more opportunity to get to know your fellow Scholars.

Scholars are expected to attend as many Great Issues Scholars events over the course of the year as they can and attendece will be taking at each event.


How to Apply

Applications to the 2020-21 non-residential cohort will be due Sunday, September 20 at 11:59pm

For more information, take a look at our FAQ page or contact Peter Jenkinson 


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