Lombard Public Service Fellowship


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For nearly 25 years, alumni have put the liberal arts education they received at Dartmouth to good use in a range of Lombard Fellowship projects around the world. The Lombard Fellowship supports graduating seniors and first-year Dartmouth alumni, including the professional schools, in public service projects in the U.S. and globally.


    The Dickey Center, together with the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact, administers the Richard D. Lombard '53 Public Service Fellowship program. Every year up to a dozen Lombard Fellows match their interests and skills with partners across the globe to create a 6-12 month project that tackles local need and benefits the public good.

    Graduating seniors and first-year alumni can receive up to $20,000 for 6-month (minimum) to one year (maximum) service projects in the U.S. or abroad. Project criteria include:

    • A Lombard Fellowship project should provide the opportunity for you to contribute to the welfare, development and fulfillment of other human beings.
    • Agencies or communities can be non-profit or registered for profit social enterprises.  The agencies and communities must be non-denominational, and politically non-partisan.  Fellows may not function as lobbyist.
    • You should submit clear and complete information about the agency or community that you have selected, the goals of this group, and how your service will fit into the group's mission and goals.  You should also be specific about your assignment and the tasks you will be performing. 
    • You must identify a supervisor for your project, within the agency or community, who will develop and sign a work contract statement.  The project should be designed to fulfill to as great a degree as possible the goals of humanitarian service.
    • Your placement should involve thirty to forty hours of work per week.  Its duration should be at least half a year in length, and no longer than one year.
    • Upon completion of your fellowship you will be expected to write a five- to eight-page report.  From time to time Fellows may be invited to return to the Dartmouth campus to share their experience in small group presentations.


    Applicants should apply well prior to their scheduled fellowship start date. Enrolled seniors can apply as early as February with a departure date anytime before the following February. Applications are reviewed once a year and recipients are notified of their status within six weeks of the application deadline.

    The application form can be found HERE.  If you are a recent alum you will need to create an account in the application software (TerraDotta) when you enter.

    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, resume/CV, and transcript with your application. These will be included directly into the application linked above. 

    Budget (application will prompt for the following):

    • Travel, visa, housing, food, supplies, and miscellaneous other expenses related to the fellowship.

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

    • Clear and complete information about the agency or community you have selected, the goals of the group, and how your service fits into the group's mission and goals. Be specific about your assignment and the tasks you will perform.

    • A description of the mission of the agency where you will complete your fellowship and a description of your role in the agency's work.

    • Your qualifications to fulfill the responsibilities and requirements of your work.

    • Your academic, career, and/or personal goals and how you hope the fellowship relates.

    Resume or CV

    • Please submit a current resume or CV.


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

    Supervisor Statement

    • Applicants must ask their host organizations to complete the Supervisor Statement (see form information below), which verifies your offer of a fellowship and includes a description of the work to be completed.

    Letter(s) of Recommendation

    • Submit two letters of recommendation.
      • One recommendation must come from a Dartmouth faculty member.
      • A second recommendation can come from previous employers, advisors, staff, or an additional faculty member.

    *Please note this process has been updated. Requests for recommendations and supervisor statements are made directly through the application link.  Please begin your application and use the links provided to invite recommenders to complete an online form. Recommendation request emails will appear from: [email protected] 

    If you have questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected]

    Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 4:00pm
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