Stanley A. Hamel Traveling Fellowship

The Stanley A. Hamel Traveling Fellowship (HTF) is funded by an endowment from Stanley A. Hamel through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and administered through the UNH Office of National Fellowships. The fellowship provides approximately $3800 for self-directed travel in Europe to graduating seniors* or recent graduates (less than 5 years since graduation), or current graduate students. There is one grant available per year. Applicants cannot apply jointly. Interested candidates should email the Office of National Fellowships ( for application materials.

*Graduating seniors are those students on track to graduate in May 2024, Summer 2024, or December 2024. HTF-supported travel can only occur after graduation from UNH.


Hamel Endowment Focus

"An applicant should possess the desire to observe and absorb the culture that influenced the history of the United States and be able to indicate that [they have] some idea of what [they hope] to learn."



  • UNH graduating seniors, recent graduates (within 5 years), or current graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (no rounding up).
  • Proposing self-directed travel in Europe (including Russia but excluding Turkey) to last a minimum of 4 weeks; travel must start after May 1, 2024 and be completed by April 30, 2025.
  • Possess or plan to develop some language facility relevant to the proposed itinerary.
  • Preference for applicants will be given in the following order of priority to residents of the following New Hampshire towns: Seabrook, Hampton Falls, and Exeter.

Selection Criteria

  • Connection between proposed travel and the Hamel Endowment focus
  • Rationale for proposed travel and connection to professional/personal goals and objectives
  • Feasibility and clarity of reasoning for proposed itinerary
  • Evidence of motivation, drive, and maturity/capacity for independent travel
  • Academic preparation and record