We were just notified that the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship is indeed happening this year. Deadline is January 23, 2015–so you need to hustle! The Pickering provides two years of funding for students planning to pursue careers in the foreign service. There is an undergraduate fellowship that provides funding for senior year in college and the first year of a masters program AND a graduate fellowship that provides funding for a two-year masters program. Who is eligible for the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship?

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in spring 2016.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2016 & 2017)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

For more information about BOTH of these programs, see http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/#about . Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

“Spend part of your summer working elbow to elbow with researchers at one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to four Nobel Prize winners.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, MD is offering a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students so you need to apply through Middlebury College.

If you would like to apply to the NIST SURF program, please send the following to uro@middlebury.edu by Friday, January 9, 2015.

Student Application Cover Sheet for NIST SURF at Gaithersburg and/or NIST SURF in Boulder . Note–you should list the faculty who you will ask to write letters of recommendation, but letters not needed at this stage!
• A Resume
• Unofficial Transcript
• Statement of Research Interests

A summary of research options is included in the online application linked above. More information can be found on the program websites:



The program is open to all United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

SURF students receive stipend, and housing and travel allotments (as needed). Funding for students comes via a federal grant issued to the school from NIST. Students who complete the full 11 week program will receive a $5,500 stipend. Students that can not make the full 11-week program will be paid at $500 per week.

The only real expenses that students should expect to pay out-of-pocket are personal entertainment and food. To help control the food expenses, the student apartments have a full kitchen with dishes, utensils, pots and pans. There are free continental breakfasts daily!

This is a competitive program that reviews both the university and student portion of the application to determine the final list of SURF awardees. The NIST SURF program will support approximately 100 students.

For questions visit go/uro or contact:

Lisa Gates
Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

For students thinking about studying in the UK: King’s is pleased to announce three new scholarships for international students pursuing graduate study in 2015.

King’s President’s International Scholarships
Twenty international students will be selected to receive this scholarship. The maximum award is £10,000. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Canadian Friends Award for Masters Students
One scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to a Canadian resident undertaking a full-time masters programme at King’s beginning in 2015. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Friends of King’s College London Association Scholarship
One scholarship of $2,000 USD will be awarded to a USA resident undertaking a full-time masters programme at King’s beginning in 2015. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Other departmental funding opportunities are also available. Please see the Postgraduate Funding Database for a complete list.


The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a fully-funded 5.5 week residential program that invites undergraduate leaders from diverse academic disciplines to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington, and today’s leaders. The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program will prepare students to discover their own unique mission, giving them the tools to succeed.

This select, small cohort of rising college juniors will engage in dynamic academic workshops, experiential activities, networking opportunities, and a capstone project that fully utilizes the rich resources of Washington, D.C., the nation’s newest presidential library, and the famous estate of America’s first president. The program offers each student a generous stipend as well as campus housing, meals, activities, and all transportation to and from Washington, D.C.

Applications opened on October 15, 2014
Application review begins on December 15, 2014 on a rolling basis
The application deadline is February 1, 2015
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program runs from June 8 – July 15, 2015

For more info and application: http://www.mountvernon.org/library/leadership-programs/mount-vernon-fellows

Please email MVFellowsProgram@MountVernon.org.

Apply for the Udall Scholarship! For Sophomores and Juniors committed to careers related to the environment. The Udall provides up to $5,000 for tuition, fees, educational expenses. Eligibility: GPA 3.5 and up; U.S. citizen; demonstrated commitment to work with environmental issues through academic study and activities. Scholarship requires nomination from Middlebury—nomination deadline is January 23, 2015. Visit the Udall Foundation website for more information. Questions? Contact Professor Chris McGrory Klyza (klyza@middlebury.edu) or Dean Lisa Gates (lgates@middlebury.edu).


Attention first-year students and sophomores–here’s a Fulbright opportunity for you! The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Applications due in February or March 2015!



William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is a 10-month leadership fellowship that pairs a select number of young professionals with credible NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 34 and completed an undergraduate degree. AIF provides a round trip ticket to India, insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend to each Fellow. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2015. US citizens, permanent residents and Indian citizens eligible to apply. Check it out!

Applications for Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)  are due by 8pm EST! www.clscholarship.org/

Nomination applications are due by 5pm for the following:

Beinecke  (juniors only, graduate school funding in arts, humanities and social sciences) go/beinecke
Goldwater (sophomores and juniors; science and math, undergraduate award) go/goldwater
St Andrews (seniors; graduate study in Scotland) go/standrews
Truman (juniors, graduate school funding, working in areas of public good) go/truman

Check out the go links to see if you’re eligible and how to apply! Questions? Email fellowships@middlebury.edu .

There are some great programs that provide undergraduate and graduate funding for students interested in the foreign service. Check out the fellowships below. These programs are especially interested in supporting groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service and economic need. All have a service requirement, minimum GPA and require US citizenship. You apply directly for these, but we’re happy to talk with you about your interest and application–just let us know!

Pickering Graduate Fellowship: Provides up to $75,000 for two-year graduate program in area relevant to foreign service.  Deadline: January 16, 2015. http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/

Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship : Provides up to $90,000 for two-year graduate program in relevant area and summer internships.  Deadline: January 20, 2015. www.paynefellows.org

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program: Provides up to $70,000 for two-year graduate program in relevant areas, domestic and overseas internships, and mentoring. Deadline: January 14, 2015.  http://www.rangelprogram.org/


This is a reminder that CLS Program’s third and final webinar will be held TODAY – Friday, October 17th at 3pm EST.  This webinar will provide information about the CLS Program, offer tips for a successful application and give ample time for Q&A. This webinar will focus heavily on application tips and will go into this topic in depth. Students applying to CLS should attend–No RSVP needed.
Here is a link to access the webinar (on Friday)http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=3iIkUsfTXOgsaYhgDDeAbQ%3d%3d
If you missed our last two webinars and would like to view them, please find the links the recorded webinars below:
Recording of Webinar #1 (Oct 2nd): http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=pqXtXQvvpaE%3d
Recording of Webinar #2 (Oct 8th): http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=UBdsb5%2bZirI%3d
Also, the CLS application deadline is now LESS than 1 month away!!!! (November 12th at 8pm EST).
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