Applications for Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)  are due by 8pm EST!

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 .

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.

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.

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.


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)
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):
Recording of Webinar #2 (Oct 8th):
Also, the CLS application deadline is now LESS than 1 month away!!!! (November 12th at 8pm EST).

Applications for the 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw are now open. Middlebury participants have found this to be a fabulous educational experience.

Humanity in Action invites applications from college students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible. We encourage students of all academic disciplines, interests and backgrounds to apply.

The 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship will run from May 25-June 28, 2015. The deadline to apply for this program is January 8, 2015. For more information, see

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will be hosting 3 webinars this fall. Each webinar will give an overview of the CLS Program but also dive into a specific topic related to the program.
CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States.
You can learn more about CLS by visiting the program website ( or by attending one of the webinars. The webinars are open to students, faculty, staff and administrators!
Webinar #1
Date & Time: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
Topic: This webinar will provide an overview of the CLS Program and its benefits, the application process, and how institutions can recruit and support students studying critical languages on their campuses (particularly underrepresented students in study abroad).
Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event):
RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at
Webinar #2
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 8th 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.
Topic: This webinar will focus on possible obstacles that community college students face when thinking about studying abroad and challenges these students may encounter while on program (as well as the support they will receive from CLS staff before and during the program).
Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event):
RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at
Webinar #3
Date & Time: Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.
Topic: 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.
Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event):
RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at
For questions and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bartfeld by email at:  (preferred method) or by phone at: 202-833-7522

Application deadline for CLS this year is  Wed, Nov 12!

Join Susan Sharp from the Boren Scholarship program for lunch in the LaForce Seminar Room and learn about this scholarship! Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Sophomores considering studying abroad next year and seniors thinking of post-graduation international study, and any other interested students, are welcome to attend this meeting. Questions? Contact Stacey Thebodo at .

NOTE: Please pick up your lunch in Ross (and bring it with you to the meeting) BEFORE 12:15 in order to be at the meeting for a 12:15 start.

For those trying to submit your applications by the internal deadline (today at noon!), we’re aware that the Embark system has not been functioning for the past hour or so. Please keep trying. We don’t have a estimate of time of fix yet.

Fulbright application are due this Friday, Sept. 26 at noon EST. Applications should include all required materials and polished statements. If you have an issue with a letter (affiliation/recommendation), please be in touch with Lisa Gates–but still submit your application by the deadline. To submit, you will need to click the “submit” button. When you do that, you have submitted the application to Middlebury (but not to Fulbright). Middlebury will submit your final application to Fulbright by the Oct 14 deadline.

On Sept. 26, we will be in touch with all applicants who submitted an application by the deadline with instructions about signing up for a campus interview on Oct 2,3 or 6. Interviews are brief (about 10 min) and can be conducted via Skype for those candidates not on campus.

If you have questions, let us know at

Yes, the deadline for applying for nomination for the Watson is almost upon us! Please note, late applications will not be accepted. So if you would like to be considered for nomination, email the following materials as a single PDF file to by the deadline:

  • Watson Cover Page
  • A proposal explaining what you want to do, where you want to do it, the questions you want to pursue, your relevant background/experience, the source of your interest in the topic. Please consult the Watson Foundation Web site: this statement should be a blend of the Personal Statement and the Project Proposal. Draft proposals must be no more than 5 pages long, double-spaced, double-sided, in 12-point font. Please number pages.
  • Résumé.
  • Academic transcript, printed from Banner Web (use the Degree Progress format).
  • Fellowships Waiver and Permission Form

And where can you find the forms? At go/fellowships ; look in the “forms” section. Questions? Email .

BarbaraOfosuSomuahBarbara Ofosu-Somuah ’13 spent last year as a Watson Fellow. She will speak about her experience at 4:30 pm in Hillcrest 103 and then be available for casual conversation this evening at 8 pm in the CTLR Lounge in Davis Library. Barabara’s project was in Suriname, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. Through her project “The Choreography of Black Hair: A Framework for Cultural Inquiry,” she explored conceptions of Black female beauty in African and African diaspora communities.

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