Martin A. Dale '53 Fellowship

At a Glance

Princeton Application Deadline
January 8, 2024
Term of Award
Requires Princeton Nomination
Field of Study
Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Length of Fellowship
One year
Africa, Asia, Australia / Pacific Islands, Europe, Latin America / Caribbean, Middle East, North America
Citizenship Status
Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, U.S. citizens are eligible


The Martin A. Dale ‘53 Fellowship enables an outstanding Princeton senior to devote the year following graduation to an independent project of extraordinary merit that will widen the recipient’s experience of the world and significantly enhance his or her personal growth and intellectual development. The fellowship embodies the conviction of its donor, Martin A. Dale ‘53, of the transformative potential of a year-long project of focused effort and self-discovery before a new graduate embarks on the next major phase of life and career.

The Dale Fellowship provides a grant of $40,000 to a current Princeton senior, which becomes available as early as July 1 following graduation; the fellow must begin his or her project no later than September 1 of the same year. One-half of the grant is normally paid at the inception of the fellowship, the other half midway through the fellowship year. (The grant is taxable and must be reported by the recipient as regular income.)


Dr. Matthew Lazen, [email protected], 609-258-7140


  • Current Princeton University senior

Criteria for Selection

In evaluating applications for the Dale Fellowship, the selection committee gives particular weight to the well-defined focus and feasibility of the project, as well as to the integrity and intellectual or creative talent of the candidate. The committee looks carefully at each candidate’s academic record (especially as it pertains to the specific nature of the intended project), the development of the candidate’s intellectual interests, and the ability of the candidate to conceive and carry out a sustained creative or investigative effort. At the same time, extracurricular accomplishments are considered insofar as they provide support for the particular proposal and evidence of independent initiative, resourcefulness, and responsibility. Candidates are measured by the potential impact the year spent working on the project will have on their futures and, where relevant, on the future of American society or the international community.

Application Procedure

Applications for the Dale Fellowship should be submitted online via the Global Programs System (GPS). The application is generally available in mid-fall.

Applications should include:

  • A proposal of no more than 1,000 words describing the project that you will undertake if chosen as the Dale Fellow;
  • An essay of no more than 350 words describing your most significant intellectual experience during your years at Princeton and explaining how this experience has influenced the way you look at the world;
  • An essay of no more than 350 words recounting how your involvement in an activity or organization outside the classroom has influenced you;
  • Two recommendations, one of which must be from a Princeton University faculty member;
  • A résumé;
  • A copy of an internal electronic transcript;
  • A budget outlining your anticipated expenses (and taking into account that the grant is taxable); and
  • Supplementary materials, if desired, such as brief writing samples, a small portfolio, or a brief video.
  • A statement of no more than 250 words describing what measures you will take to ensure that your project will comply with University travel guidelines and all national and local health and safety regulations, including what adjustments could be made to address pandemic-related uncertainties.

Additional Information

The Dale Fellowship project may involve travel in the United States or abroad. The recipient is required to submit a travel waiver in accordance with the travel rules regarding University funds.

Use of the fellowship should not involve extended study in a formal program at an American or foreign university nor should it normally entail participation in a structured program sponsored by a public or private institution. Rather, the emphasis should be on a special, independent initiative of the recipient’s own devising.

Upon acceptance of the Dale Fellowship, the recipient will be expected to sign a statement promising to use the funds for the express purpose outlined in the proposal. The Dale Fellow is required to make a progress report halfway through the fellowship year; at the completion of the project, the fellow must submit a written account of his or her experience and an accounting of the use of the Dale funds. The fellow is also asked to participate in a banquet on the University campus in October of the year following the fellowship, at which recipients of the previous summer’s Dale Summer Awards are also honored.

Fellows who received University grant aid to cover the Student Health Plan in the academic year prior to the Dale Fellowship and who do not have access to family coverage during the fellowship year may be eligible for a subsidy to cover the cost of health insurance for the term of the fellowship.