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.


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.  


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 kenneth.bauer[at]dartmouth.edu at the Dickey Center or Professor Benjamin.valentino[at]dartmouth.edu in the Government Department.

Deadline & Rules

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


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 kenneth.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