War & Peace Fellows

This year-long program brings students together from disciplines across campus - natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the visual arts - to engage in discussions of the social, political, moral, and technological dimensions of international conflict and cooperation. 

In Washington, D.C. with Senator Portman (R, Ohio) in 2019.

Fellows at the Department of Defense in Washington

Fellows at the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, in March 2018.

Met with senior Department of Defense officials

On their trip to Tampa, FL in January 2018, W&P Fellows met with senior Department of Defense officials at SOCOM.

Alexander Evans

Dr. Alexander Evans, Deputy High Commissioner to India (UK) shared a meal and his professional experiences with the War & Peace Fellows in November 2018.

Met with former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Michelle Flournoy

In October 2016, Fellows met with former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Michelle Flournoy.

Activities

The War and Peace Fellows program organizes a series of visits by high-level policy makers in the Congress, Pentagon, and State Department as well as internationally renowned experts on war and peace, including authors, journalists, and film directors. Students tackle complex issues like human rights, terrorism, military policy, and climate change. Fellows will also learn about a wide range of career paths available in security fields. W&P Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, and other destinations to meet with policy makers, military officers, think-tank researchers, activists and NGO officials—including many Dartmouth alums—working on issues of war and peace.  

Applications

The War and Peace Studies Program invites applications from prospective Fellows every Spring term; the application process opens each year on April 15. Ordinarily, Fellows must be enrolled at Dartmouth during two of the three terms of participation, although applications from students who are participating in an additional off-campus program or who are away from campus for an off-term will be considered. Fellows are initially appointed for a single year, but are eligible to participate additional years. 

Deadline & Rules

  • Applications are due on the 15th of May every year.
  • Only Dartmouth undergraduate students are eligible to apply. 
  • Students selected as Fellows are expected to actively participate in at least two of three terms (fall, winter, spring) during an academic year. 

Application

Students are required to submit COMPLETE online applications including: a personal statement, transcript, and the name and contact information of a recommender. All of these items must be submitted with your online application.

Personal Statement (750-1,000 words):

  • Describe your qualifications for becoming a War/Peace Studies Fellow. 
  • Why are you interested in studying war and peace? 
  • What are some of the specific questions or subjects that you hope to explore in the program? 
  • You should also use this essay to describe any other specific background or experience relevant to War/Peace Studies issues.

Transcript

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

Recommender

  • Please identify an advisor or mentor, preferably a Dartmouth faculty member, whom we can contact to request a letter of recommendation.

 

Ben Valentino

Professor Ben Valentino, Coordinator, War & Peace Studies Program

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