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

Experiential Learning Seed Grant

DCAL’s Experiential Learning Seed Grant catalyzes the creation and expansion of intentional, reflective, applied learning opportunities across the institution with one-year pilot funding, dedicated campus partnerships, expert professional development, and a cohort-based model for project development. Through this grant program, DCAL engages students, faculty, and co-curricular partners in the process of seeding imaginative, high-impact ideas that have potential to grow into viable models for integrating experiential learning as a core component of the Dartmouth experience. From 2015-17, DCAL received 69 proposals requesting over $1,480,000 in experiential learning funds. To date, DCAL has awarded 42 grants totaling $690,179 in experiential learning seed funding to projects in 20 Arts and Sciences departments, 7 co-curricular centers, and all 3 professional schools. The 2018 Seed Grant proposal portal will be live soon - and proposals will be due by Friday, March 16.

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.