See the below deadlines for funding for seniors beginning senior work projects this year; or juniors looking to summer and fall 2016. If projects need funding beyond what the department can provide, they can apply for a Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS). Depending on when the student is pursuing their work, there are three important deadlines to know:

• Application Deadline of October 1, 2015 and January 29, 2016 (new this year) for projects to be completed this academic year (seniors only)

• Application Deadline of April 15, 2016 for projects to be completed next academic year (senior febs and juniors)

• Funding requests for $350 or less may be submitted throughout the academic year until funds run out (seniors only)

See the Undergraduate Research website go/srps for an application, more detailed information and eligible expenses.

In addition, students needing support to attend or present at an academic conference may apply for academic travel funding at go/atf.

Questions may be addressed to or contact Undergraduate Research in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), Davis Family Library 225 or at 443-3026.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Colleen Norden, Administrative Coordinator

Posters on the Hill 2016 — Call for Abstracts

Council on Undergraduate Research
Application Period: Sept. 2-Nov. 4, 2015

Note: Middlebury provides travel funds for the faculty and student if accepted to present at Posters on the Hill in DC.

Your research should represent one of CUR’s Divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences)

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant’s words, work, and stories. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported, and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) 20th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill (in spring of 2016). In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Please visit the website for more information about the submission process and Posters on the Hill program. Questions? Please contact Sabrina Hall at READ MORE

Applications for Watson nomination are due Thursday, Sept. 17 at noon! See application instructions at go/watson for required materials and format. Selected applicants will be interviewed in late September, exact dates and times TBA.

Fulbright applications are due by end of day on Wednesday, September 23. This must be a complete and polished application, meaning letters of recommendation, affiliation letter (if appropriate), transcripts, language evaluations are also submitted by that date. We have ordered Middlebury transcripts for those applicants we knew about on Sept. 9. We will send you a pdf of your transcript to upload by Sept. 21. You are responsible for uploading transcripts and affiliation letters (if required). You will be able to see whether your recommendations have been submitted or not, but will not be able to see the letters themselves. At some point on September 23, you must click the SUBMIT button on the application. This moves your application from the applicant space to the institutional space, allowing fellowships staff to see your materials. These will be shared with faculty interviewers. You will then select a time for a brief campus interview (we will notify you when that is ready!). The fellowships office will submit your application to Fulbright by their Oct 13 deadline. See go/fulbright for more info.  If you have questions or problems with any materials, please contact 


he Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 PPIA Fellowship. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2015.
About the PPIA Fellowship
The PPIA Program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their senior year on one of the following Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campuses:
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of California, Berkeley
The deadline for application to the 2016 summer institutes is November 1, 2015.  Applications can be submitted through the PPIA website, at:
Benefits of Participation
  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
Virtual Information Session
There will be a virtual information session on Thursday, September 17 at 1pm ET. Visit to register to participate.


  • If you are a United States citizen or legal permanent resident you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. In addition:
    • UC Berkeley (including the Law Fellows program) and Princeton University can accept international students who are studying at US institutions.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2016 and August 2017.
  • Must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute.
  • Must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
  • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply!
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are offered to students who would like to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship is open to students from most citizenship types.
Applications opened on 1 September 2015 for entry in October 2016. There are two Gates Cambridge application deadlines: 14 October 2015 (for US citizens resident in the USA) and 2 December 2015 (for all other eligible applicants).
Please follow this link for more inforamtion:

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — “Happy cows give more – and better quality – milk” was the surprising opening thought from several students who presented their research at the annual Summer Symposium for undergraduate research on July 30 at Bicentennial Hall. The eight students, all part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) innovation project, had developed a prototype device for early detection of hoof lesions in dairy cows. Read about their project and view a slideshow from the event in this Middlebury Communications article. See story and photos

For those students and alumni continuing with the British scholarship nomination process (and this means you were interviewed by the British scholarship committee in April/May 2015):

I wanted to review instructions for our Aug 15 deadline for submitting your British scholarship application(s) for review for nomination. Please read through carefully.

1. If you have changed your mind and do not want to apply for any British scholarships in the fall 2015 cycle, please let me know that. In most cases, you can consider applying in future application cycles.

2. If you are applying for any British scholarship, please submit a polished working draft of the application with a copy of your advising transcript from Banner as a single PDF file. It is very important that this is a single file and that you make a single pdf file for each application. The only exception to this is if you are applying for a Marshall, Rhodes, Mitchell or Churchill AND the Keasbey; in that case, note that you are seeking nomination for the Keasbey still and we can use the Marshall, Rhodes, Mitchell or Churchill application for that nomination determination. If you are applying for the Keasbey nomination ONLY, you will need to submit a draft of the Keasbey application (at and advising transcript as a single pdf file. Please label the file with your last name and the name of the scholarship, e.g. Gates_Marshall, Gates_Rhodes etc.

3. What you are not submitting now: letters of recommendation or official transcripts.

4. To make a copy of an online application, you may have an option to save as a pdf and use that. If not you can print to a pdf file.

5. For those of you who have been told you are being nominated for a particular scholarship, this application copy will allow us to provide feedback on your application (except for Rhodes and Mitchell, per their restrictions; however I will be happy to talk with you broadly about the application). For those who have provisional nomination or have been told we could not make a decision about nomination in May, this material will serve as the basis for our final nomination decisions.

​6. My goal is to have final decisions and feedback out to everyone by 9/2.

7. Remember, Gates Cambridge does not require any institutional nomination. So you may feel free to apply directly to that scholarship and talk w/ me about questions and essays.

Any questions, let me know. Lisa Gates will be out of the office 8/6 through 8/18, returning on 8/19. Colleen Norden will be in the office until 8/14, so can help with questions about process.


Here’s another relatively new opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in China:  . Based at Peking University, the program is open to students of all citizenships, and does not require previous study of Mandarin. The online application opens on 9/1/2015; the deadline for submission of materials is 1/31/2016. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please talk with Lisa Gates.

Upcoming Fulbright Webinars
*Newly added*

For a full list of upcoming webinars, please visit the Information Sessions section on the Fulbright website.

Past webinars are uploaded to the U.S. Student Program website.

Dean Lisa Gates will also be offering an online/in-person info session for the Fulbright and Watson on Tuesday, August 4 at 4pm in Library 105B. Login instructions from off-site will be posted here and at go/fellowships shortly!


For students thinking about degree options through a Rhodes scholarship, the foundation continues to support second BA programs. This used to be a more common degree choice, and the foundation still feels it is an excellent choice, worthy of consideration. In choosing the second BA, students experience Oxford’s tutorial system–one of the institutions great strengths. The Oxford “MA” (Master of Arts) degree is awarded to anyone with an Oxford BA seven years after matriculation, i. e., five years after someone completes a two year BA with Senior Status, or four years after one completes a three year BA with Senior Status. All separately examined Oxford masters’ degrees are described as MSc, MStud, MPhil, Mlitt, MBA, MPP. Applicants thinking about a second BA should also have a potential graduate program in mind too, given the competitiveness in BA admissions. As always, degree choices are not a factor in selection as a Rhodes scholar.

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