Guidelines for the Class of 2023

How do I apply to the History Honors Thesis Program?

To apply to the History Honors Thesis Program, you must propose a thesis topic and secure the agreement of a faculty member to advise the project. If you are interested in participating in the History Honors Thesis Program, you should consider topics of interest to you and discuss them with potential faculty advisors as early as possible. All ideas require discussion, development, and preliminary research to transform them into viable research topics. We strongly advise you to communicate with and secure a faculty advisor by the end of spring term of your junior year.

For the Class of 2023, you should apply for admission to the Honors Program using this form:


The form asks for details of History courses you have taken, your GPA (overall and in History specifically), and your identification of a potential thesis advisor from among the History faculty. It also asks that you provide a brief description of your area of research interest, including any ideas about potential primary sources (350 words maximum). You will develop a more detailed research proposal at the start of the fall term in HIST 98.

Your application will be evaluated primarily on your meeting the GPA standards (3.0 GPA overall and 3.5 in History – with at least 5 History classes completed before Fall 22) and in the approval of your potential faculty advisor.

If you are interested in writing a thesis but do not meet the criteria for admission based upon GPA or History courses taken, then you may consider submitting a petition for special admission, explaining your interest in the program and your experience in History courses at Dartmouth, alongside the application form. If you plan to submit a petition you must contact the Honors Program Director, Professor Paul Musselwhite ( in advance to discuss this option.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning March 28th 2022 (first day of Spring classes) and up until the Friday, Sept 9th 2022 (the Friday before Fall classes begin).

If you know that you will be seeking research funding for the Fall term or Winterim (for travel to archives or to acquire copies of archival records etc.) then you should seek confirmation of your admission as soon as possible in order to qualify for Summer and Fall Term research funds. The department can provide some limited research funding to students conducting honors research and details on this will be made available to Honors students in the fall. However, more extensive funding is available through the following channels:

  • UGAR thesis funding for Summer and Fall Term (up to $2,500) – Deadlines Apr. 27th (for Summer Term research funding) and July 27th (for Fall Term research funding)
  • Rockefeller Center Thesis Funding for Fall Term (up to $1,000) – Deadline May 1st
  • Leslie Center Student Research Grant for Summer and Fall Terms (up to $1,500) – Deadline June 1st

UGAR, Rockefeller and Leslie also offer funding for research during Winterim and Winter and Spring Term. The deadlines for this additional funding are during the fall term and can be found on the relevant websites. Be sure to consult your advisor about your funding applications; in addition to providing a letter of support, they can help you develop a budget and craft your application.

If you have any other questions about the application process or the Honors Program in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Honors Program Director, Professor Paul Musselwhite (