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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.

Now in its ninth year, 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.


Application Components

To apply for the Davis Fellows for Peace, submit:

1. A complete* Language Schools application which includes

  • online application,
  • $75 non-refundable application fee,
  • letter(s) of recommendation,
  • transcript(s).

2. Online scholarship supplement with brief essay and CV or resume.

Essay: A 500-600 word essay is required. Please reflect upon your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities, and highlight the role of language in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict -- and how you envision doing so. Only applicants demonstrating this outlook will be considered.

*Your Davis Fellows application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components of the Language Schools application.

Please note: We have extended the deadline for the online application until midnight, Eastern Time, January 24, 2016. Any mailed component must be postmarked by January 23rd. We will review applications and notify students on March 22nd by email.