War & Peace Fellows Program

The year-long War and Peace Studies Fellows Program brings students together from across campus - the sciences, social sciences, humanities and visual arts - to engage in an ongoing discussion of the social, political, moral, and technological dimensions of international conflict and cooperation. 


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


Fellows with Eric Schmitt at the New York Times in Washington, D.C. (March 2017).

W&P Fellows with Meredith Wilson Chang

On their trip to DC in 2016, W&P Fellows met with Dartmouth alumna Meredith Wilson Chang, the NSC's Director for Iraq, Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region...

W&P Fellows with Kenneth Pollack

...and with Ken Pollack, Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

2014 War and peace fellows in washington

Fellows spoke with officials at the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, in 2014.

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 11. 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 2018 application for the War & Peace Fellows Program is now open. A new round of Fellows will be welcomed after the deadline of May 11, 2018.


To apply to be a War and Peace Fellow please submit an online application, personal essay, transcript and recommendation.

Items to submit with your online application:

You will be required to submit a personal statement and transcript with your application form at the time of submission. These will be uploaded directly into the application form

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.

Items to submit directly to the Dickey Center:

Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • You must contact an advisor or mentor, preferably a Dartmouth faculty member, to request a letter of recommendation.
  • Submit recommendation by email to [email protected] or drop off at the Dickey Center, Haldeman Center Rm 150, Hanover, NH 03755

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