The Davis Fellows for Peace awards aim to fulfill the intention of the late philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. As development of intercultural understanding is essential to reducing conflict, the study of languages has become increasingly important. Mrs. Davis challenged us to "bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war."
The 100 annual fellowships are intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Those in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the languages offered.
Established in 2007, the Fellows for Peace awards cover tuition, room, and board for one summer in any of the 11 Language Schools at any level of study. The award does not cover travel, books, or incidentals. The fellowships are highly competitive, merit-based awards open to all Language School applicants. This fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and international students and professionals.
Find out more about former Fellows for Peace.
Students are also encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial aid (awarded on a demonstrated-need basis), through Middlebury's office of Student Financial Services.
To apply for the Davis Fellows for Peace, submit:
1. An online Language Schools application (available October 15, 2016)
a. $75 non-refundable application fee
b. Letter(s) of recommendation
2. Online scholarship supplement*
3. Essay*: The brief essay (500-600 words) should reflect your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities. Highlight the role of language and language study in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict.
4. CV or resume*
Your Davis Fellows application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components of the application by the deadline.
*Once you submit your Language Schools application, you will receive a link in your confirmation/app Tracker email. The Scholarship form can be accessed through that link and includes a field to upload your essay and resume/CV.
Applications are due by midnight, Eastern Time, December 15, 2016. Mailed items (if needed) should be received by December 15. We will review applications and notify students on or around February 1, 2017.