DCAL coordinates several funding opportunites to support students, faculty, and co-curricular educators in their experiential endeavors.

DCAL Experiential Learning Seed Grant for Faculty & Staff

DCAL invites proposals for pilot funding to support new and existing experiential learning opportunities in 2017-18.

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 2017 and June 2018
  • 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)

Proposals may be submitted online by completing this form.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 10: Proposals due by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3: Selections announced.

Contact Ashley Kehoe, Associate Director for Experiential Learning, at, with any questions.

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 $10,000 per year, 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.

Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF)

The Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF) was piloted in summer '16 and 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.

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

  • Fall 2016 Experience – Friday, August 26th
  • Winter 2017 Experience – Friday, November 4th
  • Spring 2017 Experience – Friday, February 24th
  • Summer 2017 Experience – Friday, May 19th

We will begin accepting proposals for summer '17 funding soon. Stay tuned for details!

In addition to submitting a digital application form, a complete proposal includes the following:

  • A resume & unofficial Dartmouth transcript
  • A supervisor/advisor statement confirming the offer and outlining the goals of the experience
  • Any optional supporting materials

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 or to apply, contact Leslie Blakney, Associate Director for Advising, in the Center for Professional Development at or Ashley Kehoe, Associate Director for Experiential Learning at