2017 Middlebury Summer Research Symposium

Forty summer research projects were shared at the Summer Research Symposium on July 28. More than 130 undergraduates worked with Middlebury faculty this summer! Check out student research stories from the symposium in the Addison Independent at http://addisonindependent.com/201707summer-no-these-students-dig-research

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is pleased to announce the launch of the Kanders Churchill Scholarship for the 2017 Churchill Scholarship competition, for attendance at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Churchill Scholarship dates to 1963 and was established at the request of Sir Winston Churchill to increase cooperation between the USA and United Kingdom in advancing science and technology. Today, there are 15 Scholarships awarded each year to US graduates from one of our Participating Institutions (for eligibility and criteria see www.churchillscholarship.org). The Kanders Churchill Scholarship will bring that number to 16.

The Kanders Churchill Scholar will hold a bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, and will attend the Cambridge Master’s in Public Policy (see http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/study-at-polis/graduates/MPhilPP).

The selection process will be different from that for the other 15 Churchill Scholars. Applicants for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship must be US citizens who have graduated with a degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, from any US institution within the past two years. Unlike the other Churchill Scholarships, there will be no application to the Churchill Foundation. Instead, candidates will tick a box on their Cambridge application (see http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/). The deadline is October 11, 2017. As with all Churchill Scholarships, applicants must put Churchill College as their first college choice. The selection process will be completed in early February. The Selection Committee will consider candidates’ academic achievements in STEM as well as their preparation for the Master’s in Public Policy.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Morse

Executive Director

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

+1 (212) 752-3200


The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at www.rangelprogram.org!  The fellowship funds graduate study (and more) for seniors and young alumni interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service. Candidates from minority groups underrepresented in the foreign service, women, and those with high financial need encouraged to apply.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2019.
  • Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.


Application Deadline

September 21, 2017





Program Contact


202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002 


Michael Newbury (American Studies) and Daniel Houghton (Library) collaborated with several undergraduate student researchers to produce a film and educational website about the Collinwood fire tragedy. The Addison Independent recently featured the project. See story

The 2017 German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is targeted at university graduates from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA, who have already acquired initial leadership experience and are interested in spending a year working on research-based, self-developed projects with a host of their choice in Germany, under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Participants must have received a Bachelor’s degree within twelve years of the program start date. 

Deadline information: Applications opened on March 15 and will close on September 15. Due to the time-intensive nature of the application, students are encouraged to begin securing host affiliations as early as possible. 

Click here to apply and learn more!

Additional Resources

·         Application timeline

·         FAQ

·         Advice on finding a host

·         US Alumni Profiles By Field and Year

If you still have questions or would like additional information on fellowship opportunities, feel free to contact one of our US-based team members at info@americanfriends-of-avh.org!

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