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Dale Fellowship: 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 own personal futures and, where relevant, on the future of American society or the international community.