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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.

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 available to all applicants. Find out more about former Fellows for Peace.

Students also are encouraged to apply for Middlebury financial aid (awarded on a demonstrated-need basis), through Student Financial Services.


1. An online Language Schools application, which includes:

   a. $75 non-refundable application fee

   b. Letter(s) of recommendation (required for the Language Schools application ONLY. Letters of recommendation are not required for the Fellowship application, and will not be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee)

   c. Transcript(s)

Once the Language School application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email in which you will find a link to the application for the Kathryn Davis Fellowship as well as other merit scholarships (check your junk mail.) Please address any questions concerning the Language School application to your school's coordinator.

2. Online scholarship supplement, which includes:

   a. 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.

   b. CV or resume

Applications are due by midnight, Eastern Time, December 15, 2019. Your Davis Fellows application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components of the application by the deadline. Mailed items (if needed) should be received by December 15. We will review applications and notify students on or around February 1, 2020. If you are mailing items: Middlebury Language Schools, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT 05753