Group of Davis Award winning students with Middlebury President Laurie Patton.

The Davis Fellows for Peace awards aim to fulfill the intention of the late philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. 100 annual fellowships are awarded to all 12 languages.

As development of intercultural understanding is essential to reducing conflict, the study of languages has become increasingly important. Mrs. Davis challenged us to “bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.”

The 100 annual fellowships are intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Those in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the languages offered.

Established in 2007, the Fellows for Peace awards cover tuition, room, and board for one summer in any of the 12 Language Schools at any level of study. The award does not cover travel, books, or incidentals. The fellowships are highly competitive, merit-based awards available to all applicants. Read more about former Fellows for Peace.

If you have questions, please contact Students also are encouraged to apply for Middlebury financial aid (awarded on a demonstrated-need basis).


Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, December 15.


  1. An online Language Schools application, which includes:

    Once the Language School application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email in which you will find a link to the application for the Kathryn Davis Fellowship as well as other merit scholarships (check your junk mail.) Please address any questions concerning the Language School application to your school’s assistant director.

    • $75 non-refundable application fee
    • Letter(s) of recommendation (required for the Language Schools application only. Letters of recommendation are not required for the Fellowship application, and will not be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee)
    • Transcript(s)
  2. Online scholarship supplement (After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a link to apply for all scholarships.), which includes:
    • Essay: The brief essay (500-600 words) should reflect your past experience and future aspirations to contribute to more peaceful relationships between people, institutions, or communities. Highlight the role of language and language study in fostering those relationships and in helping to mediate conflict.

    • CV or resume

Your Davis Fellows application will not be considered if you are missing any of the above components of the application by the deadline. Mailed items (if needed) should be received by December 15:

Middlebury Language Schools
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

Notification of Fellowship

Students will be notified about the status of the fellowship by email on or around February 9.

Kathryn Davis Fellowship student Michelle Munyikwa

For the last few years I’ve been working with refugees and asylum seekers who come to Philadelphia, many of whom speak French. If everything goes well, some point in the future I’ll be a professor in both medicine and anthropology. And I’m really interested in how we can teach people who do things like practice medicine or global health to work with different kinds of populations that are different from them.

For me, Middlebury was a great choice. One, because as a turns out in normal life, I am super busy. And I think that that was the main thing that kept me from progressing in my language progress. And also, it was very affordable because I received a Kathryn Davis fellowship which made it possible for me to take time off at school.