The Dickey Center offers a fellowship program for students interested in field-based and analytical careers focused on global poverty and economic development.

The Human Development Fellowship program fosters a select group of Dartmouth students who want to develop the analytical competencies and gain the professional experiences they will need to help solve the complex, systemic problems underlying global poverty and economic development.

Program Features

  • Opportunities for paid on-campus research assistantships to work with a faculty mentor doing research on human development.
  • Opportunities for advanced training through hands-on workshops, special lectures, simulation exercises, and attendance at conferences.
  • Eligibility for 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.


Majors in any field may apply. Fellows must demonstrate a sustained engagement with development issues and an exceptional academic and co-curricular record at Dartmouth. 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 September 15, 2021.

Application and Deadlines

Research Assistantships

Human Development Fellows are eligible to apply for funded research assistantships with Faculty Mentors at the College. This is *not an exhaustive* list of potential mentors as the composition and the research interests of our Faculty continues to evolve in relation to human development. 

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.

Application and Deadlines


Human Development Fellows are eligible to apply for funded internships in the field of human development. In the academic year 2020-21, Fellows will be funded only for remote internships.