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Application to Host a Spring 2021 Student-Led Workshop with a Global Focus

This annual opportunity, inaugurated in 2014, gives students the opportunity to design, plan, and execute their own conference with the financial and logistical support of the Rohatyn Center and its Student Advisory Board.

In 2021, the RSAB will grant two $2500 awards for two groups of Middlebury students to host interactive workshops in the spring. The workshops could be a blend of remote and in-person. Organizers must consider how to host events in alignment with COVID social-distancing guidelines. We encourage them to tap into Middlebury faculty/alumni/parent networks and incorporate and in-person component.

If you are interested in organizing a Spring 2021 student-organized workshop, keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • The topic has to be globally oriented. Avoid focusing on one country, nation or region!
  • You are encouraged to organize in a group. There is power in numbers! It will enable you to share the work and execute a superb event. 
  • The submission deadline is Saturday, February 13, 2021.
  • Submit applications to

Frequently Asked Questions

  • To design new ways to explore questions you’ve encountered in the classroom.
  • To facilitate dialogue in the Middlebury community with experts from outside and within the community.
  • You have the chance to use $2500 to transform your ideas on paper into a real, professional conference!
  • Topics should be globally relevant, as well as diverse in geographic and disciplinary perspectives.
  • The more global and/or international your proposal is, the stronger it will be.
  • The more multidisciplinary your proposal is, the stronger it will be.
  • No! Any and all majors are welcome to apply.
  • Applying in a group lends itself to being more multidisciplinary.

Global and international are different, but you can apply either or both to your topic.

  • International is tied to the nation-state system and usually refers to two or more countries.
  • Global does not necessarily depend on specific locations or institutional entities. It transcends boundaries—both geographic and disciplinary.

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