Kress Language Schools Fellowship

Middlebury is pleased to announce the Kress Fellowships for language study, made possible by a generous gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Five fellowships are offered in 2020 for graduate students in European art history or art conservation to attend the Middlebury Language Schools in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

These fellowships are intended for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European art history or graduate students studying art conservation. Preference will be given to graduate students who have recently been accepted or are currently enrolled in the corresponding program at a Ph.D. granting institution in the United States. In exceptional cases, advanced undergraduates in Art History who are preparing for graduate study in the same field may also be considered.

Fellowships cover the comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board). Travel expenses and books are not included. Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals. Applicants need not be American citizens. Financial aid forms are not required for these awards, but students interested in attending the Language Schools have the option to apply.

Application Components
To apply for the Kress Fellowships, please submit:
 A complete Language School application, which includes:
1. online application
2. $75 non-refundable application fee
3. letter(s) of recommendation
4. transcript(s),
5. and additional documents (if applicable)
Once the Language School application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email in which you will find a link to the application for Kress and other merit scholarships.
You will be asked to include additional required components:
1. CV/Resume
2. Essay

Application Instructions

1. Apply to the Middlebury Language Schools using the online application.

2. Submit your recommendation(s) and transcript(s) to complete your application. The recommendation is online and the transcript can be mailed or sent electronically. See the application instructions for full details.

3. Once you have submitted your Language School application, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the application for the Kress and other merit scholarships. 

3. Fill in your current occupation.

4. Upload a current resume or CV.

5. Paste in the required essay: Please submit an essay (500-600 words) on the value of learning a language to further your graduate work. Preference will be given to those students who can demonstrate the urgent professional need for language learning based on experience and aspirations. The essay should illustrate why language skills will make an essential difference in research and scholarship in your field of European art history or art conservation.

6. Click Submit!

Amy DaPonte, Stanford University, Art History, Kress Fellow in German

I needed to make significant progress in as little time as possible, and, without question, Middlebury’s German School helped me achieve my goal. This year I will begin writing a doctoral dissertation on the well-known German contemporary artist-photographer Candida Höfer, and I should be the first art historian to write a committed, book-length analysis of her life and art. In light of this, I am especially grateful for having had the opportunity to experience such breathtakingly rapid improvement in my German language skills.

Steven Lauritano, Yale University, History of Art, Kress Fellow in French

The quality of linguistic instruction and the dynamism of the overall environment at the Middlebury French School were unlike anything I had experienced before, and will continue paying dividends throughout my academic career. I have started planning a pre-dissertation research trip to Europe next summer, and the knowledge accumulated over the last seven weeks has greatly facilitated the process of navigating and sorting through the online resources offered by French archives.

Kristen E. G. Streahle, Cornell University, Art and Architecture of Medieval and Early Renaissance Sicily, Kress Fellow in Italian

I cannot imagine a better place to learn Italian. Having studied in Rome for a semester before this program, I can say with confidence that I have learned more Italian in seven weeks in Vermont than four months living in Rome. In the beginning, I felt very isolated. A curious type of discomfort is produced when one cannot communicate at the level to which one is accustomed. Then something strange happened. The language descended, manifesting itself in my dreams, my personality, my gestures, my thoughts, and my memories. I now have the tools and support necessary to continue developing my fluency.

Alisa McCusker, University of Texas at Austin, Northern Renaissance Art, Kress Fellow in German

My experiences at Middlebury’s German School have fulfilled an essential component of my training as an art historian. My facility with German will be critical, not only to my research but also to my future career as a museum curator, wherein I hope to be able to form and foster relationships with curators, scholars, and other arts-related professionals in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.