The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs (RCGA) promotes the integration of students’ study abroad with their independent senior research.

Call for Proposals

We invite both Middlebury College undergraduates who will be on an approved study abroad program, as well as undergraduates from other institutions who will be studying at a Middlebury C.V. Starr School Abroad to submit proposals to conduct independent overseas research.

You can carry out this research either during the time of your study abroad or immediately after your study abroad experience. The research can be in any field, and students should develop proposals in consultation with a faculty mentor at their home institution. The grants are not meant to fund credit-bearing overseas research. Highest priority will be given to proposals that will lead to independent senior work.

Depending on the specifics of the proposed research, these grants will be between $1000 and $2800, and will be designed to cover research costs. Students should specify the research costs that will be funded by the grant. Where relevant, projects will also need to be reviewed by the  Institutional Review Board of the student’s home institution.

Faculty should indicate that they have agreed to work with a designated student who will be studying abroad, and may mentor one or more students.

Deadlines

March 31: Deadline for proposals from students who will be studying abroad during the upcoming academic year and wish to conduct research in the country of study during the study abroad period and/or immediately after.

Deadline for the required letter of support from the faculty member endorsing a student’s proposal, including information about their role in overseeing the research.

October 17: Deadline for proposals from students who are studying abroad during the current academic year and wish to conduct research in the country of study that begins in the upcoming spring semester or immediately after.

Deadline for proposals from students who will be studying abroad during the upcoming spring semester and wish to conduct research in the country of study during spring semester or immediately after.

Deadline for the required letter of support from the faculty member endorsing a student’s proposal, including information about their role in overseeing the research.

Students should submit proposals and faculty should submit letters of support to the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs at rcga@middlebury.edu.

RCGA Study Abroad Grant Proposal Form

Contact

Charlotte Tate
Associate Director
Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
Robert A. Jones ‘59 House 114
Middlebury College
802-443-5795
tate@middlebury.edu

2019-2020 Grant Awards

Middlebury College Recipients

Frank Gavilanez ’20: “The Racial and Ethnic Construction of Brazilian National Identity”

Matthew Martignoni ’21.5: “Queer and Arab Identities in Diaspora”

Kenzo Okazaki ’21: “Was It Enlightenment? The Genealogy of Biopolitics and Terror as Informed by British Practices of Slavery”

Benjy Renton ’21: “Access to and Characteristics of Housing for China’s Urban Poor”

Spencer Royston ’21: “Educational Philosophies regarding Portuñol in Language Classrooms along the Uruguay-Brazil Border”

Abdoul Nasser Bounia Yahaya ’21: “The Impact of Post-Colonial Treaties on French African Former Colonies’ Current Economic Development”

Non-Middlebury College Undergraduates at Middlebury College Schools Abroad

Bramwell Atkins, Sewanee: The University of the South ’21: “The Paleography of Anglo-Latin Medieval Manuscripts”

Claudine Chartouni, Bowdoin College ’20: “The Italian Art Collector: Understanding the Traits of the Collector and the Cultural Context that Shaped Them”

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Middlebury College Recipients

Nick Hunnewell ‘20.5: “The Motives behind the Emerging Electric Vehicle Market in China”

Non-Middlebury College Undergraduates at Middlebury College Schools Abroad

Claudine Chartouni, Bowdoin College ‘20: “The Italian Art Collector: Understanding the Traits of the Collector and the Cultural Context that Shaped Them”

Emilie Flamme, Amherst College ‘20: “Krushchovkas and the Formation of Place, Citizenship, and Belonging in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia”

2017-2018 Grant Recipients

Middlebury College Recipients

Travis Sanderson ‘19: “Black Cat’s Claw: The Impact of Migrant Regulations on Structural Inequality in the People’s Republic of China”

Non-Middlebury College Undergraduates at Middlebury College Schools Abroad

Catherine Cartier, Davidson College ‘19: “The Art of Speaking: Oral storytelling among Syrians in Jordan”

Natasha Derezinski-Choo, Duke University ‘19: “How Kabiye-French Bilingual Speakers in Northern Togo Use French Lexical Borrowings to Index Social Identities”

Claire Koelling, Kenyon College ‘19: “Contemporary Arab Art: Outside the Western dominated paradigm”

2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Middlebury College Recipients

Jinsuel Jun ’17, political science: “The Importance of Access in Understanding Disability and Political Reality of Disabled Jordanians”

Timothy McGovern ’18, classics and literary studies: “Originality and Tradition: Finding Dante’s Poetic Hand in the Divine Comedy’s Presentation of the Soul”

Non-Middlebury College Undergraduates at Middlebury College Schools Abroad

Alana Felton ’18, Brown University, Slavic studies: “Rebuilding of Russian Orthodox Churches in Yaroslavl after the Collapse of the Soviet Union: The Renewal of Church-State Relations”

Hans (Lydia) Han, ’18, Wellesley College, economics: “A Political Anthropological Lens on the Jordanian System of Citizenship and the Palestinian Refugee Crisis”

Nicholas Henke ’18, Washington University, French literature: “French novels by women in the postwar era and their relationship to Second Wave Feminism”

Hilah Kohen ’18, Washington University, comparative literature: “ ‘Russian Fever’ and the Great War: A Turning Point in Russian-British Literary Relations”

Grace Monk ’18, Brown University, comparative literature and classics: “Memorias del Territorio: A celebration of the history and culture of Valparaíso, Chile, through murals”

Kevin Pham ’18, Vassar College, international studies: “Community Meme: Challenges Facing Jordan’s LGBTQ Population”

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

Middlebury College Recipients

Caroline Agsten ’17, international and global studies - Awarded the Lesley T. Ketzel ‘49 Fellowship for Integrating Research with Study Abroad: “Stratifying Spaces or Green Places? Gendering Public Parks in Beijing and Shanghai”

Rubi Saavedra Andres ’17, international and global studies: “Between ‘Hassa’ and ‘Hala’: The Formation of a Jordanian-Palestinian Identity”

Rachel Iacono ’17.5, international and global studies: “The Evolution of “Willkommenskultur”: The transformation of Germany’s attitudes towards mass migration”

Karma Lama ’17, environmental studies: “The Paradox of Purity and Pollution: Examining Ecology and Religion along the Ganges River”

Qingying Wang ’17, political science and history of art and architecture: “Power, Art, or Identity: A Study on French Gardens during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”

William Weightman ’17, international politics and economics: “The Paradox of Reform: Rising Inequality, the Welfare State, and Decentralized Governance in Modern China”

Non-Middlebury College Undergraduates at Middlebury College Schools Abroad

Georgia Gempler ’17, Macalester College, Latin American studies and political science (minor): “Perceptions of Migrant Identity and Integration: A Comparative Study of Urban Brazilian and Bolivian Migrants”

Helen Mercer-Taylor ’17, Oberlin College, environmental studies: “Biodiversity Preservation through Place-Based Knowledge in Yunnan, China”

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
Robert A. Jones 59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

rcga@middlebury.edu