Quick Facts

The Dickey Center for International Understanding unites the diverse strengths of Dartmouth College—students, faculty, undergraduate and graduate schools—in addressing the world’s challenges. We broaden the scope of learning through advanced study, interdisciplinary collaboration, research innovation, and respect for a diversity of viewpoints.


The Dickey Center for International Understanding was established in 1982 and dedicated to the memory and values of Dartmouth College President John Sloan Dickey (1907-1991, College President from 1945-1970).

Academic Year 2015-16 Data

  • Funded Internship and Research Applications: 76
  • Number of countries traveled to via Dickey-approved funding: 29
  • Great Issues Scholars (First Years): 88
  • War & Peace Fellows: 34
  • International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy Postdoctoral Fellows: 8
  • Human Development Fellows: 6
  • Global Health Fellows: 67
  • Number of Public Events: 36


The Dickey Center oversees a minor in International Studies, a certificate in Global Health and courses focused on environmental change and security.

  • Graduating with International Studies Minor in 2016: 14
  • Global Health Certificate Awarded in 2016: 8


Student Clubs and Discussion Groups: 6

Student Publications: 2

Selective Membership Organizations: 2

Research, Internships, Fellowships

The Dickey Center offers a wide range of opportunities for research funding for faculty and students, internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and fellowships for undergraduates and postdocs. See our funding page for a full list of funding opportunities for research and internships and the various pillar pages (environment, gender, health, human development, security) for focused opportunities.

Lectures, Conferences and Events

The Dickey Center brings many national and international scholars and public figures to campus to address pressing international issues. In the 2015-16 academic year, the Dickey Center hosted 36 public events. These events included: talks by the former President of the Israeli Supreme Court Aharon Barak, former Under Secretary of State and Lead Negotiator for the Iran Nuclear Talks Wendy Sherman, Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers '64, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen, and author Gretel Ehrlich; the Straus Symposium which focused on the response to the earthquake which struck Nepal in April 2014; a Fulbright Arctic Initiative symposium on "Community Health and Wellness in the Arctic;" and a symposium on the underlying factors of Sunni Violent Extremism. Many of our events can be viewed on the Dickey Center's YouTube Channel.

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Prior to joining the Dickey Center, in 2012, Daniel Benjamin served as ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. In that position, he was the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on counterterrorism. Ambassador Benjamin was the longest serving coordinator for counterterrorism since that position was created, and during his tenure, the Office of the Coordinator was elevated to become the Bureau of Counterterrorism.

Haldeman Center

Founded: 1982

Research Areas: Environment, Gender, Health, Human Development, Security

Location: Haldeman Center

JS Dickey Portrait

Dedicated to the memory of Dartmouth's 12th President, John Sloan Dickey ' 29. He was president from 1945-70.

Nuclear Energy Symposium

In 2015-16, our lecture series included talks by a former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, the lead U.S. negotiator in the Iran nuclear talks, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on global health, and numerous other distinguished guests.

Daniel Benjamin

Dickey Center Director Ambassador Daniel Benjamin

The John Sloan Dickey Center