Postdoctoral Fellowships, Society of Fellows


These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields. Applications will be accepted in the various fields of humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary programs, sciences, engineering, business and medicine.

Society Postdoctoral Fellows
– participate in the activities of the Society, including presenting their own work;
– hold appointments as a Lecturers in a department and/or program as well as Postdoctoral Fellows in the Society; this appointment is not tenure‐track;
– teach one course each of the second and third academic years;
– are in residence for the fall, winter and spring terms, and during one of two summer terms;
– receive training in teaching via the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL);
– off‐campus research leave during academic terms is permitted only in rare cases, only for brief periods of time, and only upon written application to the Faculty Director of the Society well in advance of the proposed leave.
– are not asked to teach basic language courses;
– have access to college resources such as the library and computing center;
– do not control dedicated laboratory or studio space.

Stipend and resources
Society Fellowships normally run for up to 34 months, beginning on September 1 and ending on June 30th of the final year. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $4,600 plus benefits, and $4,000 annually to support computing, travel and research needs.

The departments and/or programs where fellows are appointed Lecturers have the primary responsibility for providing office and working space for Fellows, as well as access to other research needs or equipment. The Society helps to assure the cooperation of departments in providing the requisite setting for the scholarly and creative work of each Fellow.

Applicants for the 2016 – 2019 Society Fellowships must have completed a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2014. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2016, should supply a letter from their home institution indicated that the applicant is expected to receive the degree before November 1, 2016.

Application and process
Applications are accepted through Interfolio [] and must be received on or before October 15, 2015. Applicants are expected to consult with a relevant colleague at Dartmouth before submitting their application. A complete application packet consists of the following:

– a personal statement (of no longer than 1,500 words) outlining their completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and any other information relevant to their candidacy,
– a statement answering the question “What can Dartmouth do for me?” (250 word limit),
– a statement: “I think I can contribute to Dartmouth in the following ways” (250 word limit),
– a curriculum vitae,
– three confidential letters of recommendation, and
– relevant academic transcripts. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed.

Fellowship applications are evaluated by the Society of Fellow’s Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations for appointments to the Provost.