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Faculty, Fellowships, Students

Each year Middlebury students and alumni receive nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships for research opportunities, graduate study and independent projects. Fellowships in the CTLR has released their annual report of recipients.

Below is a list of recipients as of June 2022 with the names linked to related Communications articles when available.


Sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students with study abroad scholarships to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security of the United States. More info.

Estevan Sanchez (MA candidate, Middlebury Language Schools, Arabic) Morocco


Sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with study abroad scholarships to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security of the United States. More info

Colin McKinzie ‘23 (International and Global Studies) Brazil


Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students, with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages. More info

Grant Winners

Sophia Lavine ‘21.5 (Psychology) Arabic

Laura Rivera Martinez ‘23 (Physics) Chinese (Mandarin)

Willow Stone ‘24 (International Political Economy) Russian

Clara Wolcott ‘22 (Environmental Studies/Architecture and the Environment) Chinese (Mandarin)


Camille Mitchell ‘23 (Chinese) Chinese (Mandarin)

Tashi Sherpa ‘24 (International and Global Studies) Chinese (Mandarin)


The Fulbright US Student Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Fulbright Grants enable graduating seniors and young alumni to undertake research or advanced study or teach English as a second language (ETA) for up to one year in a foreign country. Note: this list reflects those who were offered Fulbright grants this year; not all grant recipients have accepted their awards. More info

Grant Winners

Christina Badalamenti ‘22 (Environmental Economics) ETA, Germany

Robert Cassidy, ‘19 (Biology/Environmental Studies) ETA, Germany

Daniel Morris ‘20 (Neuroscience) Radboud Award for Study/Research, Netherlands (award


Yamit Netter-Sweet ‘21.5 (IGS Security Studies, Middle East) ETA, Jordan

Eva Ury ‘21.5 (Italian) ETA, Italy

Julianne Yu ‘22 (Comparative Literature) ETA, South Korea


Essi Wunderman‘22 (Environmental Studies-Geography) ETA Bosnia and Herzegovina


The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. More info

Alejandro Castillo ‘24 (undeclared) (award declined)

Nicole Lara ‘25 (undeclared) Netherlands

Colin McKinzie ‘24 (undeclared) Kazakhstan

Cassandra Traver ‘24 (Religion) Mexico


Goldwater Scholarships recognize excellence in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. Sophomores and juniors receive one- or two-year scholarships for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room and board, up to $7,500 per year. More info

Lucia Snyderman ‘23 (Biology)


The Keasbey Foundation selects two graduating students annually from twelve colleges and universities on the East Coast for one or two years of postgraduate study at Cambridge, Edinburgh or Oxford University. More info

Benjamin (Ben) Morris ‘22 (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)


The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program supports outstanding incoming graduate students at Stanford University graduate programs. Up to 100 scholars are selected across multiple fields of study with the goal of developing innovative leaders to effect large-scale positive impact across the globe. More info

Kate Reinmuth ‘17 (Economics, Political Science)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) promotes careers in science, math, and engineering. The award provides funding for up to three years of graduate study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. More info

Grant Winners

George Brencher ‘20 (Biology) Environmental Engineering

Philip Gordon Hoxie ‘20 (Economics) Social Sciences/Economics

Honorable Mention

Bryce Kenneth Belanger ‘19 (Geology) Geosciences - Paleoclimate

Anne Marie Colgan ‘20 (Biology) Life Sciences - Ecology

KJ Davidson-Turner ‘18.5 (Neuroscience) Social Sciences - Sociology

Elana Victoria Feldman ‘17.5 (Environmental Science) Life Sciences - Watershed sciences

Katharine S. Morillo ‘18 (Biochemistry) Life Sciences - Genetics


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, the Schwarzman Scholars’ program prepares students to understand China’s role in global trends. Up to two hundred scholars annually are selected to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. More info

Darren Chen ‘16 (Economics, Math)

Amani Core ‘18 (Chinese, Philosophy)

Christina Wiremu-Brook ‘18.5 (International Politics and Economics)


Watson Fellowships enable seniors of unusual promise to engage in focused independent study and travel abroad after graduation. The award is $40,000. Up to 50 Fellows are selected from the 40 participating colleges. More info

Justin Morande ‘21.5 (History of Art and Architecture)



Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. More info

Josh Sims Speyer ‘22 (Chinese)


Awarded to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to support grassroots summer projects creating and building peace in communities throughout the world. More info

Kevin Ntoni ‘24 (Economics)

Nhi Dang ‘23 (Computer Science)


The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. More info

Mira Vance ‘22.5 (International and Global Studies, Gender, Sexuality)


Awarded for the study of Mandarin at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the 2022-23 academic year. More info

Ming Harris-Weidner ‘22 (Biochemistry)


Awarded annually to five outstanding sophomore Posse Scholars. Awardees receive a stipend and summer internship with a leader in one of the following workforce industries: arts, media and entertainment, STEM, law and government, education and nonprofit, and business and finance. More info

Olivia Dixon ‘24 ( International & Global Migration Studies)

Also see a list of nationally competitive fellowships that Fellowships in the CTLR frequently work with.


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