Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of "Human Development?"

At its most basic, 'development' is planned social change. Beyond this, though, defining 'human development' is complex and often contested. Moreover, the methods for achieving development and the measures by which we assess progress are diverse and include many disciplines and fields of inquiry.

Recognizing these definitional challenges, the mission of the Human Development pillar at the Dickey Center is to enhance Dartmouth's strength in evidence-based research aimed at ameliorating poverty and other forms of deprivation in low-income countries by supporting the engagement of Dartmouth students and faculty with the wider global policy and research community.

What exactly is the Human Development Fellowship?

The program, which is modeled as a professional apprenticeship, enables Fellows to work closely together with peers, faculty, and outside mentors to cultivate and refine skills in evidence-based analysis and human centered design for addressing the challenges of global poverty. The Human Development Fellowship helps prepare students for engaged careers in international development by providing opportunities for training, advanced learning, and networking.

The Human Development Fellowship is a two-year commitment. Fellows are eligible to apply for off-campus internship funding that is reserved for this program. Likewise, Fellows can apply to work as research assistants with faculty working on human development issues. Fellows can also apply for funds to pursue off-campus research and engagement opportunities (e.g., conferences).

How big of a commitment is the Human Development Fellowship?

The Human Development Fellowship is meant to engage you outside of the classroom in complex questions and challenges with a cohort of dedicated peers. This will require a serious commitment of time and energy to master a variety of skills and engage with a community of researchers, policy makers, and grassroots activists.

Each term, you will be expected to attend at least three Dickey Center-sponsored events (or others if relevant). If you are selected for an on-campus research assistantship, you will be expected to work 7-12 hours/week; off-campus internships will be full-time commitments.

Does the Human Development Fellowship assign off-campus internship programs?

Off-campus internships must engage significant development issues. The Dickey Center has a number of partnerships with organizations where fellowship recipients may pursue placements. Fellows can also apply for an off-campus internship based on their own research.