War & Peace Fellows

This year-long program brings students together from across campus - the sciences, social sciences, humanities and visual arts - to engage in an ongoing discussion of the social, political, moral, and technological dimensions of international conflict and cooperation. 


Fellows at the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, in March 2018.


On their trip to Tampa, FL in January 2018, W&P Fellows met with senior Department of Defense officials at SOCOM.


Fellows with Eric Schmitt at the New York Times in Washington, D.C. (March 2017).


In October 2016, Fellows met with former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Michelle Flournoy.

W&P Fellows with Kenneth Pollack

In D.C. with Ken Pollack, Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution (2016).

Program Activities

Each year the War and Peace program organizes a series of events on campus, including presentations by internationally renowned experts, film screenings, engagements with authors and journalists, and discussions with Dartmouth faculty. Students have access to high-level policy makers in the Congress, Pentagon, and State Department involved in issues like human rights, terrorism, military policy, and climate change. Fellows meet and share meals with distinguished visitors and learn about the wide range of career paths available to work on these issues. Fellows are expected to participate in scheduled events in at least two of the three terms (fall, winter, spring) in an academic year. 

The year culminates with an extraordinary weekend in Washington, DC, led by Professor Ben Valentino, War & Peace Studies Coordinator. Participants meet with policy makers, military officers, think-tank researchers, activists and NGO officials—including many Dartmouth alums—working on issues of war and peace.  


The War and Peace Studies Program invites applications from prospective Fellows every Spring term; the application process opens each year on April 15; the deadline for applications is the second Friday in May. Ordinarily, Fellows must be enrolled at Dartmouth during two of the three terms of participation, although applications from students who are participating in an additional off-campus program or who are away from campus for an off-term will be considered. Fellows are initially appointed for a single year, but are eligible to participate additional years. 

Please direct questions about the Fellows program to Ken Bauer at the Dickey Center or Professor Ben Valentino in the Government Department.


  • The 2019 application for the War & Peace Fellows Program will be open on April 15, 2019; a new round of Fellows will be welcomed after the deadline of May 10, 2019.


To apply to be a War and Peace Fellow please submit an online application including a personal statement, transcript, and recommendation. All of these items must be submitted with your online application.

Personal Statement (approximately 750-1,000 words):

  • Describe your qualifications for becoming a War/Peace Studies Fellow. 
  • Why are you interested in studying war and peace? 
  • What are some of the specific questions or subjects that you hope to explore in the program? 
  • You should also use this essay to describe any other specific background or experience relevant to War/Peace Studies issues.


  • Request an electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar (pdf format) to upload with your application.

Letter of Recommendation

  • You must contact an advisor or mentor, preferably a Dartmouth faculty member, to request a letter of recommendation.
  • Recommender must submit letter by email to Kenneth.M.Bauer@Dartmouth.edu.

A complete application must be received by the deadline. Applications will be considered INCOMPLETE without all items listed above.

Ben Valentino

Professor Ben Valentino, Coordinator, War & Peace Studies Program


Dr. Kenneth Bauer, Manager, War & Peace Studies Program

The John Sloan Dickey Center