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Middlebury Language Schools offer 8 SPARK for German Fellowships, made possible by the Goethe-Institut, American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), and Middlebury College, to students in the German School (both 7-week Immersion and Graduate).


Fellowships are $1500 to attend the Middlebury Language Schools in German. The fellowship can be in addition to need-based financial aid.

SPARK fellows will attend an interactive twice-weekly workshop on teaching German as a foreign language in addition to classes in the German School. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the most current theories in and approaches to teaching German to children and include practical and fun ways to apply their new knowledge.


·       B1+ level minimum, German (equivalent to 2+ years of College-level German)*

·       Enrolled as a student at a SPARK College or University in the US (“SPARK Labs”)

·       Interest in exploring a career as a K-12 teacher for German (no experience required)

·       Good academic standing

·       Available in fall 2023 or spring 2024 to support an after-school program in German once a week as a SPARK Fellow. These programs might be in person or online.

*Highly motivated applicants with lesser linguistic abilities can apply for a grant to reach the required linguistic proficiency prior to summer 2023 by enrolling in an online German course offered by the Goethe-Institute.


Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, January 3.

Application Instructions

To apply for the SPARK Fellowship:

  1. Submit a complete Language Schools application to the German School.
  2. Email Professor Susanne Rinner (Director, SPARK for German, and Professor Bettina Matthias (Director, Middlebury German School,
    1. Letter of interest (including information on your motivation and possible experience with teaching)
    2. Current CV
    3. Letter of recommendation (current or recent German professor/ teacher)

Notification of Fellowship

Students will be notified about the status of the fellowship by email on or around February 1.