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.

Program Activities

Each year the War and Peace program organizes a series of events on campus, including presentations by internationally renowned experts, film screenings, engagements with authors and journalists, and discussions with Dartmouth faculty. Students have access to high-level policy makers in the Congress, Pentagon, and State Department involved in issues like human rights, terrorism, military policy, and climate change. Fellows meet and share meals with distinguished visitors and learn about the wide range of career paths available to work on these issues. Fellows are expected to participate in scheduled events in at least two of the three terms (fall, winter, spring) in an academic year. 

The year culminates with an extraordinary weekend in Washington, DC, led by Professor Ben Valentino, War & Peace Studies Coordinator. Participants meet with policy makers, military officers, think-tank researchers, activists and NGO officials—including many Dartmouth alums—working on issues of war and peace.  


The War and Peace Studies Program invites applications from prospective Fellows every Spring term; the application process opens each year on April 15; the deadline for applications is May 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. 

Please direct questions about the Fellows program to Ken Bauer at the Dickey Center or Professor Ben Valentino in the Government Department.


  • The deadline for the next round of applications for the War & Peace Fellows Program is May 15, 2021. Applications for 2020 are closed.


To apply to be a War and Peace Fellow, students are required to submit an online applicatioun including a personal statement, transcript, and recommendation. All of these items must be submitted with your online application.

Personal Statement (approximately 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.


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

Letter of Recommendation

  • You must contact an advisor or mentor, preferably a Dartmouth faculty member, to request a letter of recommendation.
  • Recommender must submit letter by email to Kenneth.M.Bauer[at]Dartmouth.edu.

A complete application must be received by the deadline. Applications will be considered INCOMPLETE without all items listed above.

Ben Valentino

Professor Ben Valentino, Coordinator, War & Peace Studies Program


Dr. Kenneth Bauer, Manager, War & Peace Studies Program

The John Sloan Dickey Center