The Dickey Center, together with the Tucker Foundation, administers the Richard D. Lombard '53 Public Service Fellowship program. The Lombard Fund supports up to a dozen recent graduates, including the professional schools, each year to undertake public service projects in the United States and around the world.
For nearly 25 years, alumni have been putting into practice the liberal arts education they received at Dartmouth in a range of post-graduate fellowship settings (community health initiatives in Peru, Nepal, and Thailand; education and curriculum development with underresourced schools; working with budding "change agents" in social enterprise; developing integrated emergency management systems; coordinating development projects in Tanzania, Lesotho, and Kenya; working with policy makers and human rights advocates in India, South Africa, and Russia). Lombard Fellows match their interests and skills with relevant partners across the globe and create a six-twelve month project that tackles local need. The service can be direct or indirect, but should be for benefit of the public good.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 15, 2014, by 4pm
Graduating seniors and first-year alumni may be awarded up to $15,000 for 6-month (minimum) to one year (maximum) service projects. Fellows may serve in the United States or abroad.
When you have identified a service project that suits your interests and skills, the next step is to complete an application form, written statement and two letters of recommendation. One of the recommendation letters must be written by a Dartmouth College faculty member. The letters of recommendation should be sent c/o the Lombard Program at the Dickey Center.
Applications will be assessed by the Lombard Fellowship Selection Committee which is composed of the Director of the Dickey Center, the Dean of the Tucker Foundation, and two members of the Lombard family.
- A Lombard Fellowship project should provide the opportunity for you to contribute to the welfare, development and fulfillment of other human beings.
- Agencies or communities to which you apply must be non-profit, non-denominational, and politically non-partisan. Fellows may not function as lobbyists.
- Your placement should involve thirty to forty hours of work per week. Its duration should be at least half a year in length, and no longer than one year.
- Upon completion of your fellowship, you will be expected to write a five- to eight-page report. From time to time Fellows may be invited to return to the Dartmouth campus to share their experience in small group presentations.
The Lombard Fellowship Selection Committee awards funds based on:
- The merits of the project
- The quality of the proposal
- Letters of recommendation
- Good academic standing
Applications are reviewed once a year. Applicants should apply prior to their scheduled fellowship start date. Fellows set their own timelines for the project (start and end dates). Current seniors, therefore, can apply in February with a departure date anytime before the following February. Applicants are notified of their status within five weeks of application.
- You should submit clear and complete information about the agency or community that you have selected, the goals of this group, and how your service will fit into the group's mission and goals. You should also be specific about your assignment and the tasks you will be performing.
- You must identify a supervisor for your project, within the agency or community, who will develop and sign a work contract statement. The project should be designed to fulfill to as great a degree as possible the goals of humanitarian service.
STEP A: Complete the on-line application (Click Here)
STEP B: Complete and submit the following:
1. Written proposal (3-5 page narrative, double spaced) that includes:
*Submit clear and complete information about the agency or community that you have selected, the goals of this group, and how your service will fit into the group's mission and goals. Be specific about your assignment and the tasks you will be performing.
*A description of the mission of the agency where you will complete your fellowship and a description of your role in the agency's work*Your qualifications to fulfill the responsibilities and requirements of your work*Your academic, career, and/or personal goals and how you hope the fellowship project relates
2. Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a Dartmouth professor). .
Lombard Recommendation Forms
3. Supervisor Statement form.
Lombard Supervisor Statement
4. Transcript Please request an electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar and send it to
Materials can be delivered in person to the Dickey Center or emailed to
Recent Lombard Fellow Blogs & Projects
Consult the Funding Database for additional support options for recent graduates.