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Student Fulbrights, Critical Language Scholarships, and Yenching Academy Fellowship

June 10, 2021

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR) has announced its final group of fellowships for the 2020–2021 academic year. The three programs—Fulbright, Critical Language Scholarships, and the Yenching Academy Fellowship—all focus on international education and scholarship, and have been offered to both graduating seniors and young Middlebury alumni.

Fulbright Fellows

Four students have been offered J. William Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, which is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Fulbright grants enable graduating seniors and young alumni to undertake research or advanced study or teach English as a second language (ETA) for up to one year in a foreign country. In addition to those listed below, five seniors and alumni were named alternates for ETA and study/research grants.

The following alumni were offered Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships:

Mason Arndt ’21, for Spain

Julie Huynh ’20, for South Korea

Charles Pratt ’21, for Taiwan

Spencer Royston ’21, for Brazil

Critical Language Scholarships

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship program is a fully funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students, with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages. The students below have been offered grants for the summer 2021 program, which will be run virtually. Two alumni were also named alternates.

Sophia Bardetti ’22, Swahili

Priscilla Downey ’20.5, Chinese

Ella Nasi ’22.5, Arabic

Sophia Nieves ’21.5, Portuguese

Yenching Academy Fellowship

A recent Middlebury graduate, Katherine Monroe '18.5, has been named a Yenching Academy Fellow. The Yenching Academy of Peking University offers full fellowships for top students around the world to pursue an intensive program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study—in English—of Chinese history and culture, as well as current issues in China’s development, leading to a master's in China studies.

Visit the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research for more information about nationally competitive fellowships.