These conferences and travel support may be of interest!

Summer Undergrad Researchers: Apply for Travel Grants to October National Diversity in STEM Conference

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is accepting applications from summer undergraduate researchers for travel grants to the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City on October 19-21, 2017. The application deadline is July 14, 2017.

NOTE: you must join SACNAS as a student member to apply for the travel grant.

Travel Grant Applications Due August 25 for Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRAMS), which seeks to encourage underrepresented minority students in STEM, is offering travel grants for student presenters and faculty judges at the November conference in Phoenix. Applications are due August 25, 2017.

Timor- Leste ETA Program  (2 awards)  

Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities of Southeast Asia. Applicants must be willing to take on either an urban (Dili) or rural (provinces) placement.  Candidates must be native English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, resourceful, flexible, independent, and outgoing, and prepared to manage with limited resources. Undergraduate or Master’s degrees with a focus on English, American Studies, or Education are preferred.  Prior teaching or tutoring experience will be helpful, and experience working with ESL/EFL learners is preferred.

Candidates with an interest in teaching conversational English at high school or university level will be considered.  Living standards are not as high as those in the U.S. or other cities of Southeast Asia, so candidates should exhibit the ability to adapt and be flexible. 

 For more info about applying for a Fulbright through Middlebury, see Summer Notes for Fulbright Applicants on this blog!

Kobe College High School (Nishinomiya, Japan) is seeking an English teacher for grades 7-12. This is a two-year position to begin April 1, 2018.  The application deadline is July 20, 2017. View for a full job description and application.

The Watson application is now open and available. You need to be registered by the fellowships office in order to access the application. If we registered you, you will receive a link to the Watson application system to start your nomination application. You have also received an email confirmation from the fellowships office that you have been registered. If you can’t find the Watson link but you got the email from fellowships confirming registration, check your spam/junk folder. If you have difficulties with this or have not yet been registered but would like to apply for Watson nomination, contact  We will need your first and last name (as you would like it to appear on the application) and your middlebury email to register you in the Watson system. And make sure you carefully read Summer Notes for Watson Applicants on this blog before starting the application!

For those in the nomination process for the Marshall, the online application is now available here: . In my emails to you, I specified which district you should register through–if you don’t have that info or have questions, let me know. We do try to spread potential nominees across different districts as much as possible.

Also, read carefully this information about recommenders:Applicants must now identify the type of recommender.  They must identify a preferred recommender – this recommender should have supervised their college or university training.  They should also identify one recommender who can address the applicant’s leadership and ambassadorial potential, and this need not be provided by an academic, the applicant should choose the leadership option for this letter.  Candidates should only have one preferred and one leadership recommendation.”

You do not need to solicit letters of recommendation until you know that you have been nominated. For those working on applications for nomination review in August,  do not add email addresses for your recommenders at this time. If the system makes this difficult, you can simply send me your choices (noting which is the preferred recommender and which will speak to leadership/ambassadorial potential) via email by Aug 10.

For those who have been nominated already, please discuss your choices with me before requesting letters of recommendation. Finally, please note that I have set a deadline of 9/24/17 for receipt of letters of recommendation (this is so we have access to your letters for the endorsement process).

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