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The Middlebury Institute provides support for students applying for prestigious national and international fellowship opportunities. Career-oriented fellowships can be a great way to explore a region, language, or help you conduct research projects.

What are fellowships?

Fellowships are short-term opportunities lasting from a few months to several years that are focused on one’s academic, personal, and professional development, which are sponsored by specific organizations seeking to expand leadership and/or awareness in their respective field. 

Fellowships provide funding and professional development opportunities for students to gain new skills in their desired industry. From intensive language training, internships, and researching projects, fellowships can help support cultivating the skills needed to pursue your own personal, academic and professional goals. 

Note: If you are looking for financial support through a fellowship or scholarship for your studies at MIIS, consider the resources available at the Financial Aid office.

Fellowships at MIIS

The Middlebury Institute Fellowships team supports students and alumni applying for U.S.-based and international fellowship opportunities by providing information sessions, application workshops, campus interviews, and one-on-one advising sessions. In some cases, we manage the selection process for certain awards, ex. Projects for Peace. The Fellowships team partners with faculty and staff for outreach, advising, review committees, and selection panels.

Our goal is to provide you with tools to be competitive applicants for their fellowships of interest, by helping to showcase their academic, personal, and professional experiences.

Learn how students like you use fellowships to further pursue their personal, academic and professional goals. Explore student stories.

Meet the Fellowships Team

Fellowship Impacts 

Check out our annual report that highlights the achievements, impact, and progress made by our fellowships office and those in the MIIS community who support our goal of empowering MIIS students to reach their academic, professional, and personal pursuits through fellowships. 

2023 MIIS Fellowships Annual Report 

Getting Started


Gantt chart of major fellowships applications and when they open and close.

Fellowships General Information Session

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Fulbright 2025-2026 Competition

Interested in a Fulbright? Chat with the Fellowships Team! Email us at (current students and alumni are eligible)

Competition Launch

April 2, 2024 

Get Started Here

Campus Deadline

September 9, 2024

National Deadline

October 8, 2024 | 5:00pm Eastern Time


Look out for upcoming events in MIIS Newsletters and Digital Signage. 

*If you would like to partner with us to co-host a fellowship event, feel free to contact us at  


bustling market in Ghana
Alex Christodoulou MAEPM ’24 took this photo of a bustling market in Ghana while studying the local Akan dialect of Twi and conducting research on local conservation issues.
  (Credit: Alex Christodoulou )

Students Awarded Boren Funding for Language Study and Research in Ghana and Taiwan

Middlebury Institute students Gabe Albright MAEPM ’24 and Alex Christodoulou MAEPM ’24 recently completed fellowships in Taiwan and Ghana through the Boren Awards program. Boren provides up to $25,000 in funding for graduate students to learn “less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests,” while conducting research related to national security.

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Projects for Peace
Participants in the project gathered for a workshop on visual storytelling.

Student Project for Peace Focuses on Youth in Nepal

At the Middlebury Institute, learning doesn’t stop during the summer. That was certainly the case for Environmental Policy and Management student Karan Kunwar ’23, who implemented a visual storytelling program in his home country of Nepal with a grant from Projects for Peace. The initiative grants $10,000 awards to students to execute projects that tackle the world’s most pressing issues.

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Photo of six of the nine CLS finalists form top left to bottom right Alan Sevin MAIEP ’23, Chise Kerns MPA_MAIEM ’23, Nicholas Garbacz MPA_IEM ’22, Rachel Herring MAIEP ’23, Jordyn Dezago MPA_MAIEM ’23 and Alyssa Serrano MAIPD ’22

Nine Students Awarded Prestigious Critical Language Scholarships

Nine Institute students have been chosen as recipients of the Critical Language Scholarship, a highly competitive award funded by the U.S. State Department.

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Photo of Femi Higgins MAIEM ’21, left, and Mohamed Ahmed MAIPD ’23, right.

Alum and Student Receive 2022 Projects for Peace Grants

Two proposals by Middlebury Institute students have been selected for $10,000 Projects for Peace grants to fund projects this summer.

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For Students

The Middlebury Institute Fellowships Team actively recruits and supports our signature fellowships: Fulbright, Boren, Critical Language Scholarship and Projects for Peace. Additionally, we are here to support students interested in any opportunities in the Fellowships List, and will consider unlisted programs, too. 


  • Self-Reflection Fellowship Worksheet: Use this worksheet to help guide you through the process of discovering which fellowship is the best suited for your goals.
  • Writing Workshop for Research Proposals Presentation: Interested in applying for a research based fellowship, this presentation allows you to go through the steps of where to start and what fellowships are looking for in a proposal. 
  • Personal Statement Writing Workshop Presentation: Use this presentation to help you as you get started writing your personal statements for fellowships like Fulbright and Boren. This is a good way to start in the essay writing process.
  • Additional Fellowship Resources for Applicants: this is an all encompassing document that includes information for essay writing and getting a grasp on other aspects of fellowship applications. This is more specifically geared towards Fulbright, but it includes helpful tips for an array of fellowships.
  • The Graduate Writing Center is also a great resource for students when it comes to reviewing your essays and making sure every “t” is crossed, and “i” is dotted. Check out the Graduate Writing Center

Contact Us

Dr. David Wick

Faculty Director of Fellowships and Associate Professor and Chair, MAIEM

Andi Regalbuto

Fellowships Coordinator