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Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship

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Each academic year, the Historical Accountability Student Research Program offers full-time research fellowships for students during an off-term. We are looking for research proposals that delve into untold or undertold stories from Dartmouth’s history that elucidate issues of inclusion and diversity on campus.

During the length of your fellowship term at Rauner, you’ll pursue your own research interests related to institutional history. The fellowship will culminate in a real-world product of your choosing, which the Library will make freely available on this website.

Award and Expectations

Historical Accountability Student Research Fellows will receive a one-term stipend of $2,500, a one-term housing allowance of $3,000, and a one-term food allowance of $2,000. Students receive their housing allowance in a lump sum prior to the start of their fellowship, while the research stipend and food allowance is awarded in bi-weekly payments during their term of residence.

Fellows will be in frequent and regular residence at Rauner during their fellowship. The term will culminate in the creation of a real-world product, whether that be an academic journal article, work of literature, artistic performance, or similar accomplishment. Fellows 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 full-time research position, the fellow may not be engaged in any other classes or programs during the fellowship term.

Application Process

Before submitting your application materials, you must contact and arrange to meet with Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist, who coordinates the Historical Accountability Student Research Program. She will be able to give you insights as to relevant materials in the archive that relate to the project you plan to propose.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • The achievability of the project – can be completed or realized in time allotted
  • The originality of the concept – builds on other scholars’ work or is an entirely new idea
  • The extent to which Rauner's collections are at the core of the project – primary and substantive need for special collections material
  • The extent to which the project engages with issues of diversity and inclusion at Dartmouth – strongly focused on issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Faculty letter of recommendation – provides evidence of student’s ability to complete project

Application portfolio will consist of:

  • A brief description of the project (up to three pages in length)
  • List of collection(s) of interest at Rauner and how they will be used
  • Proposed term of residence
  • Resume or CV
  • One letter of support from a faculty member

To apply:

Submit your application portfolio to Myranda Fuentes, chair of the selection committee. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender.

The selection committee will not be able to 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.

Deadline

Apply now! Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now open. The selection committee will review your application within three weeks of its submission and inform you of a decision regardless of the dates of your proposed fellowship term. Please be advised that we are not accepting applications for Summer 2021.

While applications for other future terms are welcome at any time, there is a strict deadline to be considered for Fall 2021:

  • Deadline for Fall 2021 applications: July 16, 2021 (notification of the selection committee’s decision will occur no later than July 30, 2021).

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, students must participate in this research opportunity remotely until further notice.

Acknowledgements

Funding for a fourth Historical Accountability Student Research Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Sphinx Foundation.

A photo of a Black student using the Baker-Berry card catalog featured in "The Black Student at Dartmouth," an information pamphlet by the Black Students Application Encouragement Committee in the 1970s.
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