Student Council supports professional development, club activities, community initiatives and student emergencies through the following methods of funding.

Student Council offers three forms of funding for student clubs, groups and individual students. All forms of funding may be requested using the funding request form*. 

*The form is only open during the academic year. 

Professional Development Funding

The Student Council endeavors to support the needs of the student body by providing the opportunity to apply for financial support when attending or presenting at professional events both domestically and abroad. Funds will be awarded to qualifying students upon submission of a satisfactory application to the Professional Development Funding (PDF) Committee. Once the professional development event has occurred, students who have been approved for funding will be instructed to submit a payment request and any required deliverable(s) for reimbursement up to the awarded amount.

Learn more about Professional Development Funding

Club Funding

Student clubs are eligible to receive funding from the Student Council on an ad hoc basis. Student clubs must complete the Funding Request form in order to request club funding from the Student Council. Only approved clubs will be considered for Student Council funding. 

Learn more about Club Funding

Community Initiatives Funding

The Student Council encourages the academic, professional, and cultural interests of the Institute’s student body by supporting those students who wish to host a large-scale event such as a conference, speaker event, community gathering or panel. If faculty or staff are working with students to plan an event that directly benefits all students, they may also submit a request to this fund.

Community Initiatives Funding seeks to:

  • Support the academic and cultural interests of students by providing thought-provoking and insightful perspectives on international topics.
  • Bring together leading experts and professionals to share knowledge and experiences and provide opportunities to network.
  • Share the expertise of professional/accredited persons to speak or perform during an activity sponsored by an Institute department, Student Club or Academic Department (all activities must be student-led to qualify) 

Learn more about Community Initiatives Funding

Student Emergency Fund

Jointly administered by the Middlebury Institute Vice President’s Office and the Student Council, the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is intended to help support MIIS students whose education is jeopardized by emergency or life-threatening circumstances. The fund offsets unforeseeable costs that negatively impact students’ ability to complete their studies. The fund is not intended to improve a student’s standard of living or help pay for foreseeable costs such as rent, utility bills, groceries or other costs that are universally applicable to the student body absent circumstances out of the student’s control or other proof of inability to complete their studies.

Eligible Requests

  1. Medical or insurance expenses: Medical insurance co-pays and deductibles for doctor visits, mental health support services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs related to unforeseen and/or emergency medical situations.
  2. Relocation due to natural disaster and other travel expenses: Emergency housing, gas money, airline, bus, and train tickets for unplanned trips to leave the area due to a natural disaster.
  3. Loss of employment or wages: Only for off-campus jobs.
  4. Accidental loss of technology necessary to complete studies: Printer, enhanced WiFi, printer ink. (Headsets and webcams are sometimes offered free of charge to students; please do not request funds for these items unless you’ve contacted the appropriate offices to determine if you can receive these items free of charge. Additionally, Student Financial Services can offer a one-time loan to cover technology expenses and/or computer replacement. Please confirm you are ineligible for this loan before requesting Student Emergency Funds. Email with any questions before applying.)
  5. Other (must be approved by the Student Emergency Fund Committee)

Tuition or other foreseeable expenses such as rent or utilities absent extenuating circumstances as determined by the SEF committee are ineligible for this form of funding


  • Current Institute student in good academic and financial standing.
  • Not a previous Emergency Fund recipient in the academic year in which the application is submitted

Apply using the main funding request form.