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Historical Accountability Student Research Externship

Through the creation of this program, we seek to situate Dartmouth, and issues of diversity and inclusion, within the larger context of regional university life. 

The Historical Accountability Student Research Program hopes to expand its exploration of institutional issues of diversity and inclusion beyond Dartmouth College. We are looking for applications that indicate an interest in conducting some form of research related to inter-institutional issues of diversity and inclusion and/or unique perspectives about Dartmouth in the repositories of other institutions.

During the length of your research period, you’ll pursue your own research interests related to institutional history using Rauner Special Collections Library and collections held by peer institutions. At the end of the externship period, the extern will present their work to the Dartmouth community with the expectation that further refinement of that work will lead to a formal piece of writing to be made accessible on this website.

Award and Expectations

Historical Accountability Student Research Externs will receive a lump sum of $3,000, which includes a $1,000 research stipend and $2,000 for living expenses. Externs will be in frequent and regular residence at Rauner Library and the archives of their selected institution during their four-week period of research. The month will culminate in the creation of a formal piece of writing that makes substantive use of primary sources consulted during the externship period.

Externs will present the results of their project and discuss their research process at a public reception which will include a question-and-answer session. Because this is a time-intensive research opportunity, the extern may not be engaged in any other classes or programs during the four-week period.

Application Process

All externs will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research at Rauner Special Collections Library and other institutional repositories. 

In comparison to other Historical Accountability Student Research Program opportunities, the externship requires substantive preparatory research, as students must prove that their peer institution of choice has sufficient archival material about Dartmouth College or members of the Dartmouth community to support at least two weeks of research in their proposal.

For more details about this research opportunity and information about the projects possible at other institutions, please contact Morgan Swan, Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Scholarly Engagement. He will be able to give you insights about relevant materials in Rauner Library and help connect you with reference librarians at other institutions.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • Personal statement – student indicates clear motivations for applying with particular attention to:
    • Interest in conducting research with primary sources (including any prior experience)
    • Relevant information about their peer institution of choice (e.g., why it has been selected and how their collections relate to Dartmouth history)
    • Investment in issues of diversity and inclusion
  • List of collection(s) of interest at Rauner and the peer institution of choice and how they might be used
  • Writing sample – academic writing in the humanities that demonstrates use of outside sources (primary or secondary)
  • Faculty letter of recommendation – provides evidence of any relevant research experience and the student’s ability to complete their project independently

Application portfolio will consist of:

  • A brief personal statement (up to five pages in length)
  • Proposed period of research (Winter intersession or Summer term)
  • Writing sample (up to 20 pages in length)
  • Resume or CV
  • One letter of support from a faculty member

To apply:

Submit your application portfolio to HASRP@dartmouth.edu. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender.

The selection committee will not consider your application until it has received your recommender’s letter. We will notify you once we receive the letter, but you are responsible for ensuring its delivery.


This position is intended for students to participate in during Winter Intersession or part of the Summer term. While applications for other research periods are welcome at any time, there is a strict deadline to be considered for Summer 2022:

  • Deadline for Summer 2022 applications: April 15, 2022 (notification of the selection committee’s decision will occur no later than April 29, 2022)

As this research relies on the services of other repositories to external researchers, certain externship destinations may be unavailable as COVID-19 policies evolve at different institutions. Students are responsible for navigating the policies of their peer institution of choice.

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