If you’re thinking about applying for a Fulbright or Watson nomination in the fall, you should start working on those applications. Many of you have already talked with me about your ideas or completed a preliminary application this spring. But yes, you can still apply for these in the fall even if you did not submit a preliminary application! Below are a few notes for those of you just considering these now or already working on the applications:

Dean Gates is happy to talk with you, answer questions and review essay drafts. You can email questions to fellowships@middlebury.edu and/or make appointments at go.middlebury.edu/appt . Dean Gates has limited appointment hours during the summer.

Make sure you know the internal deadlines and application processes! See https://go.middlebury.edu/fulbright and https://go.middlebury.edu/watson for details. We often get questions that can be answered by reviewing the information on these pages, so please review carefully and then send me your questions. You will also find information about internal deadlines and application instructions on these pages. Note: the fellowships office must register Watson applicants in the online Watson system. As of today, everyone who has notified us of their interest has been registered! If you can’t find a link, check your junk/clutter/spam filters. For technical or password problems with the Watson online system, you must contact the Watson office for help.

If you haven’t sent in a preliminary application for Watson or Fulbright, you can still apply! Alumni, you can apply for Fulbright through Middlebury; you just have to follow our process and campus deadlines. At this point in the summer, I recommend you start working on the applications themselves (not the preliminary application form) and email or talk with Dean Gates about your ideas or questions. The online applications for both are open and you can begin working on those.

For more Fulbright info, check out the webinars offered by the Fulbright team–see the schedule here: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/information-sessions. There are some great sessions coming up, including answering the short answer questions on the Fulbright application and office hours focused on the Study/Research and ETA grants with program staff.

Join the Watson Fellowship Webinar on Wednesday, May 12th, from 3 PM to 4 PM ET. Watson Fellows David Johnson ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will be joining as guest speakers. The Watson Fellowship provides a year of self-directed exploration following graduation. Nomination applications will be due to the Middlebury Fellowships office in mid- September. To learn more about the Watson, visit go/watson and the Watson Leadership page here

Webinar Registration Link


Guest Speakers for the Watson Webinar below!

David Johnson, 2019 Watson Fellow

Transitional Justice: Can A Nation Reconcile With Their Past?

To learn more about David and his year, you can visit his Watson 51st class page here.

Sophia Zupanc, 2019 Watson Fellow

Art, Science, and Alchemy: Striking the Balance Between Curing and Healing in Modern Medicine

To learn more about Sophia and her year, you can visit her Watson 51st class page here.

Congratulations to junior Ben Morris who was recently selected as one of 410 Goldwater Scholars nationwide! You can read more about Ben, a molecular biology and biochemistry major at Middlebury, here http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2021-news/node/657244

Middlebury seniors Divya Gudur ’21 and Nora Peachin ’21 have been selected as part of the 53rd cohort of Watson Fellows! Read more about their selection and Watson projects here: http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2021-news/node/657082 . Congratulations to Divya and Nora!

The Watson Fellowship provides support for a year-long self-designed project. Middlebury students are eligible to apply as seniors. Learn more about the Watson and how to apply at go/watson .

The Pathways to Computing Virtual Internship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a remote 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with learning opportunities in computer science, computational science, and mathematics. Students will be mentored by ORNL research and technical staff and will be able to make contributions to projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. In addition, students will gain valuable skills needed for a successful career in computing fields. Selected interns will have access to ORNL’s leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world’s 2nd most powerful supercomputer. ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate oversees an immense store of computing power and its talented staff of computational scientists and mathematicians, conduct state-of-the-art research and development in computer and computational sciences in support of the Department of Energy’s missions and programs. See https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ORNL-USO-PCIP-2021 to apply

WHO SHOULD APPLY As part of the ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation’s most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We look forward to receiving applications representing diverse experience levels and backgrounds in the following areas:

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Science


Bioinformatics / Computational Biology

Computer Science Research (e.g. compilers, programming models, programming tools)


Earth and Atmospheric Sciences / Climate Science

High Performance Computing Operations (e.g. system administration, storage systems, system/user support)

Performance Profiling & Optimization

Quantum Computing

Software Engineering


Other computer science areas (e.g. CS theory)

Other computational areas (e.g. material science, chemistry)


$600 per week stipend

$150 per week dislocation allowance (paid with stipend)


Be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student

Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Be 18 years of age at the time of application


The application will require:

Profile information, Education information, Relevant experiences (internships and employment), Awards, certifications, and licenses, Relevant skills, Statement of purpose (500-word limit), Choose top two areas of interest, Official transcript or unofficial academic record; Updated resume/CV; One letter of recommendation.

Recommender should speak directly to their computational skills and potentials and ability to remain driven in a remote-work environment.

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