Kress Fellowships for Language Study in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish for Graduate Students in European Art History and Art Conservation
Middlebury College is pleased to announce the continuation of the Kress Fellowships for language study, made possible by a generous gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Five fellowships are offered in summer 2017 for art history graduate students and graduate students in art conservation to attend the Middlebury summer 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) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools. Travel expenses and books are not included. Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals. Applicants need not be American citizens.
Kress Fellowships will be awarded on a highly competitive basis. Financial aid forms are not required for these awards, but students interested in attending the Language Schools have the option to apply for Middlebury College financial aid, awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of Student Financial Services.
Testimonials from Kress Fellowship Recipients
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.
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.
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.
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.