War & Peace Fellows

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


The War & Peace Fellows Program organizes a series of visits by high-level policy makers in Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Intelligence Community, as well as internationally renowned experts on war and peace, including authors, journalists, and film directors. Students tackle complex issues related to human rights, terrorism, military policy, and climate change. Fellows also will 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. 

Applying to The War & Peace Fellowship

The War and Peace 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. 

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. 


Students are required to submit a COMPLETE online application, including a personal statement and transcript. Students must also have a recommender submit a recommendation on their behalf. 

Personal Statement (750-1,000 words)

  • Describe your qualifications for becoming a War & Peace 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 issues of war and peace.


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


  • Please identify an advisor or mentor, preferably a Dartmouth faculty member, and ask them to fill out the recommendation form.