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The late philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis challenged us to “bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.” 

In recognition of this challenge, we are honored to award up to 10 Davis Fellowships for Peace this coming summer, enabling students of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish to participate in Middlebury’s Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at Monterey.

Please note, SILP offers levels from Elementary 1 - Intermediate 3. If you think your language level may be around or above Intermediate 3, we recommend you apply to the Davis Fellows for Peace at the Middlebury Language Schools in Vermont, as well, since they offer Advanced levels.

The deadline to submit a completed application is February 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. 

All students will be notified by March 15, 2020. 

About the Fellowship

Successful applicants will come from a variety of fields (e.g., international/global/area studies, international politics, international economics, peace and security studies, or conflict resolution) and will deeply recognize the role of language proficiency and intercultural competence in spreading peace in the world. These highly competitive, merit-based awards cover the entire cost of attendance including tuition, living expenses, health insurance, personal expenses, and books. 

Application Components

To apply for a Davis Fellowship for Peace, you must first submit a Summer Intensive Language Program application, which includes the following:

  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Completion of a preliminary placement test (if required)


Once the Summer Intensive Language Program application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the application for the Davis Fellows for Peace (make sure to check your junk mail if you can’t find it). This application includes the following:

  • A brief essay (500–600 words) that reflects your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities. Make sure to highlight the role of language and language study in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict.
  • Your CV or résumé

Your application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components by the application deadline.

Fellowship applicants can request an enrollment deposit extension until they are notified of their fellowship awarding status. 

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted until Friday, February 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. The application will be emailed to you after you submit a Summer Intensive Language Program application.


Learn more about the Davis Fellows for Peace.