DCAL coordinates several funding opportunites to support students, faculty, and co-curricular educators in their experiential endeavors. As of fall 2017, DCAL awarded over $1,500,000 to expand and enhance experiential learning opportunities at Dartmouth.

Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF)

The Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF) is directed in partnership between the Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL). The fund supports students’ skill, confidence, and capacity building through intentional experience with and critical reflection on:

  • Internships, externships, job-shadowing
  • Non-Dartmouth research opportunities
  • Group and team projects
  • Social sector and direct service experiences
  • Conference travel and scholarly presentations
  • Specialized professional/leadership training

Experiences must closely align with career and/or academic interests. Priority is given to students who have not received funding from another campus resource. Applicants are required to seek the most economical options for housing, transportation, etc. so that funds can support as many students as possible.

Students can now apply for funding for individual or group experiences happening from intersession '17 - spring '18:

In order to be considered for funds, applications must be submitted by the following dates:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 for Spring 2018 Experiences
  • Friday, May 4, 2018 for Summer 2018 Experiences

Applications will be reviewed and selection decisions will be made within 1-2 weeks of the submission deadline each term.

If selected for funding, students are also required to register any travel and submit the following forms, which will be provided upon notification of funding decisions:

  • A signed acknowledgement and risk release
  • A signed funding contract
  • An emergency contact form
  • A post-experience report outlining their overall experience, reflecting on key learning, and describing how the experience connected with career and academic interests

For more details, contact Leslie Blakney, Associate Director for Advising, in the Center for Professional Development at [email protected] or Ashley Kehoe, Associate Director for Experiential Learning at [email protected].

Stamps Scholars Program

The Stamps Scholars Program allows the most promising students an opportunity to design an experiential learning plan (E-Plan) to build on or respond to what they've learned in their first and second years at Dartmouth. Stamps Scholars have access to an enrichment fund of up to $20,000 per student to engage in experiential learning opportunities that can be spread over multiple terms, during on and off terms. Examples of ways the funds can be used include pursuing: an entrepreneurial idea, a research project either on or off campus, leadership training, an internship, service learning, and more. Click here for more information about the Dartmouth College Stamps Scholars Program.

Experiential Learning Seed Grant for Faculty & Staff

DCAL invites proposals annually for pilot funding to support new and existing large-scale experiential learning opportunities ranging from $10,000 - $50,000.

To be eligible for funding, an experiential learning opportunity must:

  • Be directed by Dartmouth faculty and/or staff members
  • Engage Dartmouth students in direct experience and reflection
  • Be embedded within or directly connected to an academic course or series of courses
  • Take place between July 1 and June 30 of one fiscal year
  • Be fully approved by all applicable approval bodies - the academic department(s) or center(s), the Committee on Instruction (COI), and/or the Committee on Off-Campus Activities (COCA)

Recipients of the seed grant partner with DCAL staff and Instructional Designers to develop and implement their project plans using experiential learning best practices, including assessment techniques, reflection strategies, risk management, and more.

View the 2017-18 seed grant projects here. The proposal process for 2018-19 seed funding will be announced by winter '18. Contact Ashley Kehoe, Associate Director for Experiential Learning, at [email protected], with any questions.