Human Development Fellowship

The Dickey Center offers a fellowship program for students interested in field-based and analytical careers related to economic and human development.

Dartmouth has a cadre of faculty, researchers, and students—not to mention the Dartmouth alumni—actively working in human development. However, few opportunities exist for students to develop the technical skills and professional experiences necessary to work in international development. The Human Development Fellowship program aims to help a select group of Dartmouth’s top students build these skills and attain these experiences.

Majors in any field may apply, but applicants must have a GPA above 3.6. Fellows must demonstrate a sustained engagement with development issues and an exceptional academic and co-curricular record at Dartmouth. 

Program Features

  • Opportunities for paid on-campus research assistantships to work with a faculty mentor on human development research.
  • Opportunities for advanced training through hands-on workshops, special lectures, simulation exercises, and attendance at conferences.
  • Eligibility for reserved funding for professional development through paid internships with partner organizations focused on policy reform, grassroots project implementation, and/or evidence-based research in human development.
  • Community Building through Fellowship cohort meetings and peer exchanges.


Applications are judged on a variety of factors including: demonstrated interest in human development, grades in relevant courses, interest in applied research, and the relationship of the Fellowship to the student's academic and career goals.

HD Fellowships begin in the Fall term. Students may not participate in other funded research programs (e.g. Presidential Scholar, Junior Research Scholars, Neukom Scholars) in the same terms that they are engaging in research for HDF.  Non-funded research opportunities such as Mellon Mays can be combined with a Human Development Fellowship. 


On-campus, paid research assistantships with faculty require a commitment of 7-12 hours per week at standard campus rates. Off-campus funded internships require a full-time commitment. Recipients are expected to take a leadership role in Human Development Fellowship programming, including participation in lectures and workshops.

Fellowship Application

The online application deadline for Human Development Fellowships is July 15, 2017. 

Research Assistantships - Application and Deadlines

Human Development Fellows are eligible to apply for funded research assistantships with Faculty Mentors at the College. Fellows are expected to approach Faculty Mentors based on their specific interest in their ongoing research. Fellows must complete the online application for Research Assistantships in the term prior to commencing work with their Faculty Mentor.

Internships - Application and Deadlines

Human Development Fellows are eligible to apply for funded internships in the field of human development. Fellows must complete the online application for Internships.

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