Arctic Studies

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APPLICATION DEADLINES: The deadline for Fall 2014 projects is July 23, 2014. Don't know how to apply?  See below.

Trevi Wing with a reindeer herd
Stefansson Fellow Trevelyn Wing ‘13  in northern Finland
The Institute of Arctic Studies awards the Stefansson Fellowship to students who want to pursue a research project that could be enhanced by travel to a Northern community or location. We also consider projects that involve high mountain glacier research or research with another Arctic research center in the U.S. or elsewhere. The objective of the fellowship is to go beyond the limits of library research and provide younger scholars with field experience.

Individual projects may deal with topics in any field of study represented in the Dartmouth curriculum (including the professional schools). Preference is given to proposals that exhibit an awareness of prior research related to the chosen topic, offer a persuasive rationale for the value of field research in an Arctic location, and involve work that has implications beyond the American Arctic.

Special consideration is given to proposals developed in consultation with a staff or faculty member and in collaboration with an appropriate northern community, organization, or agency. The recommendation should come from a faculty member who is able to comment on the relevance of the project to the applicant or the Northern community. The application should also include some indication that appropriate arrangements have been (or can be) made with the organization or community in question.

The fellowship includes financial support of up to $4,000 for travel, meals, and housing. 


Application deadlines for projects undertaken during the following terms:

  • Fall 2014: July 23
  • Additional dates coming soon


STEP 1 : Complete the online application (click here)

STEP 2: Complete and submit the following:

Written proposal (3-5 page narrative, double-spaced) that includes:

  • the relevance of the research to your academic & intellectual interests
  • the responsibilities & requirements of the project & your qualifications to fulfill them
  • a work plan for the conduct of the research to be undertaken
  • a description of your personal goals
  • Consult with your faculty research mentor to determine whether your project requires review by the Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects.
  • icon Supervisor Statement

Recommendation Letter

  • Using the form below, submit a recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your research project. The person who will be supervising your work at the fellowship location also should complete the Supervisor Statement below.
  • icon Faculty Recommendation Letter


  • Please request an electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications can be delivered inperson to the Dickey Center or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications are reviewed by the Institute of Arctic Studies Stefansson Fellowship Selection Committee once per term.

We strongly encourage interested students to contact the Institute of Arctic Studies as early as possible in the project conceptualization and development process. Visit the Dean of Faculty web page for information about other sources of research funding for Dartmouth students.

To arrange a meeting, learn more about past research projects, or discuss a project you are considering, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center.


Recent Stefansson Fellowship projects include:

  • Trevelyn Wing  '12 - Climate change and its effect on Sami reindeer herding 
  • Hannah Baranes '12 - Extracting and analyzing sediment cores from the Quelccaya Ice Cape of Peru
  • Jennifer Koester '12 - Organizing the Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institution
  • Kalina Newmark '11 - Oral histories of indigenous women leaders in the Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Gurveen Chadha '13 - Homeless shelter development, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Elizabeth Parker '12 - NOAA fisheries lab in Juneau, AK 
  • Alexander Lee '10 - Use of ground penetrating radar to analyze snowpack a the Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park
  • John Thompson '13 - Sediment coring at the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru
  • Hanul Kim '12 - Basque-Inuit archeological dig with the Smithsonian Institution
  • Mary Hiratsuka ‘07 - Role of media and public policy as a means for preservation and perpetuation of Inuit language and culture in Greenland and Alaska
  • Jeremy Rohrlich ’07 - Physical and cultural erosion in Shishmare, Alaska
  • AlexAnna Salmon ’08 - Ethno-history of the settlement of Igiugi, Alaska
  • Elyssa Gelman ’06 & Esther Perman ’07 - Research survey and excavation of Basque sites in Northern Quebec with Smithsonian Actic Studies Center
  • Susan Allie Hunter ’07 - Bowhead whale data collection and analysis of results of global warming on bowhead population
  • Chris Polashenski ’07 - Track and model mercury in snowmelt as it enters the arctic ecosystem, Barrow, Alaska
  • Zach Strong ’06 - Reforestation and afforestation techniques in Iceland
  • Sasha Earnheart-Gold ’04 - Legal liability for global warming. Case studies of the Inuit and Tuvalu




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