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October 27, 2008

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages

Full Scholarships for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools in: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian

Middlebury College is pleased to announce The Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages. These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis to address today’s critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States.

For the third year in a row, 100 Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools, plus a stipend to assist in defraying program-related expenses.

One summer of intensive language immersion at Middlebury is the equivalent of language study for one year at an American college or university. (Applicants who are interested in transferring academic credit should check with their home institution regarding transferability.)

The Davis Fellowships are merit based and 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. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.

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To be considered for a Davis Fellowship, please submit:
1. A complete application for the Language School to which you are applying. Incomplete applications will disqualify your candidacy for a Davis Fellowship. Applications are found at: www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/applications
[Note: The application includes a non-refundable process fee of $55.00.]
2. Three copies of the one-page Davis Fellowship essay (see below).
3. A resume or curriculum vitae.

Additional Davis Fellowship opportunities are available through Middlebury’s affiliate, the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. For more information on Monterey’s Davis Fellowships, please visit: www.miis.edu/fina/fellowships_for_peace

REQUIRED ESSAY: The Role of Language in Conflict Resolution
The Davis Fellowships aim to fulfill the intention of philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who has dedicated much of her life to peace initiatives. As the cultivation of intercultural communication is essential to reducing conflict, the study of the world’s critical languages has become increasingly important. In establishing these fellowships, Mrs. Davis challenges us to “bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.?

Please include in your application a brief essay (500-600 words) that reflects 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.

Please submit to:
(Name of Your Chosen Language School)
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury, VT 05753

Note: Davis Fellowship funds are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Financial aid forms are not required for the Davis awards. However, students are encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial aid, awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of financial aid. More information can be found at the Middlebury Language Schools website: www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls

Posted by zzhu at October 27, 2008 05:16 PM