Summer is winding down (sigh), so now is a good time to check in on your application progress. If you’re thinking about applying for a Fulbright or Watson, you still can do so as as long as you meet the internal deadlines for those fellowship competitions (below). If you want feedback on your application projects or essays, Dean Lisa Gates is happy to talk or email with you. She will be out of the office the Aug 6-19, however, and unable to review materials during that time.

A few reminders for different fellowship competitions:

British (Rhodes, Marshall) and Mitchell:

  • If you are awaiting a nomination decision, please send a pdf copy of your draft application to by August 15. This is for applicant material only–no letters of recommendation are needed. This draft will be used to make nomination decisions.
  • For those who have secured nomination already, you need only submit a Marshall application (if applying) for feedback. You do not need to submit a Rhodes or Mitchell application at this time. The fellowships office would like a copy of your final Rhodes or Mitchell application in September, and application drafts will be needed by mid-September to assist with writing endorsement letters.
  • Gates-Cambridge is a direct-apply fellowship and does not require nomination by Middlebury. There are also funding opportunities available through universities in the UK. Some may be discipline-specific.


  • August 18 is our intent to apply deadline. If you submit your application draft in Embark by this date, the fellowships office will order your Middlebury transcript (free of charge), send it to you to upload and provide feedback on essays. Your application will be unsubmitted a few days after this deadline so that you may continue to work on it. (If you are applying through Middlebury, your submitted application comes to us, not to Fulbright.) No recommendations needed by this date. You can also decide not to move forward with your application after this date. Note: Applications can be started after this deadline, however you will need to obtain your own transcript and we may not be able to provide essay feedback, depending on the volume of applications.
  • September 19 at noon is our Fulbright internal application deadline: This is a hard deadline. Submit all components of your application. Essays must be polished with no grammatical or spelling errors. There will be very limited opportunities for revision after this date, generally in cases where there are observations made during the campus interview process that need attention. If you are having difficulty with some application components at this date (usually a late recommendation), submit the application and let Dean Gates know.
  • Alumni: you may apply through Middlebury or as an “At-Large” candidate. We encourage you to apply through Middlebury. If you do so, you will need to follow our internal processes and meet our internal deadlines. If you apply “At-Large,” you need only meet the Fulbright Oct 11 deadline. If you apply At-Large, please do keep us informed of your application and outcome. We receive no information about this from Fulbright.


  • September 13 noon is the internal application deadline: Email your nomination materials to as a single pdf.  Yes, this is right after the start of classes and it is a hard deadline. Late nomination applications will not be accepted.

You can find more info about specific fellowship competitions on this blog and at go/fellowships . Good luck with your applications!