The Kellogg Fellowship provides highly motivated students engaging in areas of humanistic study with research support for senior work related to their major program of study. The fellowship may be used for travel and research expenses incurred during the summer and academic semesters.

Application Deadline: Application materials must be submitted by March 2, 2022. Faculty support statements are due by March 9. Students will be notified by mid-May.

Applications should be completed to the best of your ability with the understanding that projects or timelines may need to be adjusted due to changes in COVID-19 policies.


Middlebury juniors and junior and senior Febs who meet their departmental requirements for independent senior work and will pursue that work during the following summer and/or academic year (one or more semesters) are eligible to apply.

Proposed projects must “engage in philosophical inquiry in the humanities and areas of humanistic study, broadly defined, including but not limited to philosophy, religion, classics, history, history of art and architecture, film and media culture studies, languages, American studies, and English and American literature.”

Kellogg Fellow Snapshots

Watch 2020-21 Kellogg Fellows speak about their projects.

Also, listen to Christine McDow ‘21 being interviewed about her project by NPR station WHQR. (Major(s): Black Studies, Education Studies Project: Listen Witness Amplify North Carolina)

Georgia Vasilopoulos ‘21

Major(s): Literature Studies, Religion Project: Political and Spiritual Resistance: Poetry and Spiritual Life in Greece in the 1970s

Will Koch ‘21

Major(s): English and American Literatures Project: Radical Voices: The Enslaved Narrative’s Influence on Abolitionism in the Antebellum United States

Taite Shomo ‘20.5

Major(s): Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Art History Project: Reception and Redemption: Gender Ideologies in Medieval Pilgrimage Churches

Simone Edgar Holmes ‘20.5

Major(s): Art History Project: Imagination, Illustration, and Imitation: Johan Nieuhof’s Travel Account of China and Its Reception in European Art

Benjamin Beese ‘21.5

Major(s): History Project: Visions of the Future at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

Amelia Pollard ‘20.5

Major(s): Political Science Project: The Private Police: Security Privatization in Democratic South Africa

Laura Friedrich ‘20.5

Major(s): Religion, Computer Science Project: Christian Female Martyrdom: An Investigation of Female Testimony of Faith through Body, Gender, and Sexuality

How to Apply

Applications for the Kellogg fellowship will be due in the spring semester, the deadline to be determined annually by the undergraduate research office. To apply, complete the Online Application. You should be discussing your application with your faculty advisor(s) prior to submitting the application. 

Key Online Application Components

  • A project proposal, which includes research questions and how the project engages in humanistic inquiry (1500 words or less)
  • An explanation of your preparation for the proposed project (e.g. courses, past research, specific skills) (750 words or less)
  • An explanation of how the work will provide an important capstone experience for your undergraduate career (750 words or less)
  • Preliminary research plan, including a list of activities and materials involved in the research and anticipated costs (file upload)
  • Advising transcript and current resume (file upload)
  • Names of two faculty who are providing statements of support: (1) your project advisor and (2) a Middlebury faculty member who has taught you or supervised you in a research capacity
  • Name of the department chair who is confirming the project meets the requirements for senior work in your major

Optional budget template to use for the application upload.

Faculty and Chair Statements

When you submit your application, a copy of your application is emailed to the faculty with requests for statements of support, and in the case of the department chair, with the request to certify that this project fulfills the major requirements for senior work. Applicants should have notified faculty well in advance and discussed their application with them, so that they are able to provide their statements or confirmation by the deadline which is two days after the application deadline.

The two support statements (less than 750 words) explain how the student’s academic work has prepared them for this project and the merits of both the student and project as a capstone experience. The chair confirmation need only be a sentence or two. These should be emailed directly to

Selection of Kellogg Fellows

A selection committee composed of the dean for faculty research and development, the associate dean for fellowships and research, and faculty members drawn from different disciplines will review applications and select fellows.


Kellogg fellows will receive $5,000 to support research expenses (e.g. travel, conference or workshop participation, and equipment required for the project) incurred during the summer and/or academic semesters. Research support will begin during the summer and extend through one or two semesters, depending on the fellow’s senior work plan. The funds will be dispersed at the beginning of the summer. We expect project expenses will vary but the total award amount will be $5000. 

Faculty Advisors to Kellogg fellows will receive $1,000 in support of their own research.

Fellow Requirements

Fellows must enroll in the appropriate senior work courses for their major during their senior year (500 or 700 level courses). Work produced with the support of the Kellogg fellowship will be submitted for the fellows’ senior work. Fellows must give at least one presentation about their work at a campus event (e.g. department presentations, spring student symposium) and are encouraged to also present their work at relevant professional and undergraduate conferences. Fellows enrolled in the spring semester are expected to present at the Spring Student Symposium.

Notes: Kellogg fellows should expect to use their fellowship monies to support conference travel and senior work-related expenses incurred during their senior year, rather than the SRPS and Academic Travel Fund. Fellows remain eligible to apply for relevant departmental funds for additional funding, if available in their department. A portion of the award may be taxable income depending on the amount of documented research expenses.

2021-2022 Kellogg Fellows

Caitlin Barr ‘22.5 (Sociology, Literary Studies)
Empowerment Without Power: The New Rhetoric of Management

Riley Board ‘22 (Independent Scholar, Linguistics)
How should I say this? Speakers’ Perceptions of Their Own Lexically Specific Phonology Switches

Claire Darrow ‘22 (Art History)
Mughal Messianic Manuscripts: Illuminating the Mirror of Holiness (Mir’at al-quds) Manuscript

Christian Kummer ‘22 (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Dance)
Queer American Pornography and Sex Work: The Choreography of Sexual Behavior

Yunzhi Liu ‘22.5 (Japanese Studies, Classics)
Tacit Potency: A Study on Resilience in Miyazawa Kenji’s Children’s

Mary Moore ‘20.5 (History, English and American Literatures)
Institutionalization of Women: How Eugenic Ideologies Intersected with Disability & Informed the Treatment of 20th century Women In Asylums

Maia Sauer ‘22 (Dance, English and American Literatures )
Stillness in Action: A Textual and Embodied Exploration of the Radical Resting Body

Alexis Welch ‘22.5 (Art History)
Painting Against Extinction: The Exploration of Contemporary Sinixt Artwork

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