Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

In addition to internal fellowships there are also external fellowships, independent research, and other/extracurricular opportunities.

INTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS

Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) Summer Fellows

Eligibility

Student must be a first year continuing IEP student officially registered as taking the concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (as per academic advisor). Student must have completed International Marine Law, be enrolled in Ocean and Coastal Economics, and finish the OCRM courses upon return in the fall. IEP students who are not taking the concentration in OCRM may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Financial Resources

CBE Summer Fellows receive a lump-sum payment of approximately $5,000 to cover travel and living expenses over the summer.

Timeline

  • February 1: The Center for the Blue Economy staff reaches out to host organizations and collects project descriptions. Projects must have firm deliverables that both fill a crucial need for the host organization, and benefit the student by giving real-world experience, and enhancing their academic program.

  • March 1: Project descriptions and fellowship opportunities are circulated to eligible IEP students.
  • March 15-April 15: Students interview by phone or video chat with host organizations to determine best fit. Students work with host organizations to determine start dates, finalize projects, etc.
  • End of April: All fellowships are finalized, and students attend mandatory meeting where they turn in all required documents, and receive the fellowship stipend.
  • Late May through August: Fellowships (minimum duration 8 weeks) take place during the summer break.
  • September: Summer Fellows are required to present at the first OCRM Speaker Series class, and may be asked to speak before donors or other MIIS leaders.

Expectations

  1. Professional Conduct: Students are expected to carry themselves in the highest professional manner possible.

  2. Blog: Students are expected to keep a blog about their experiences and post photos and updates at least three times (once per month) during the fellowship.

  3. Report problems: If a student encounters any serious problems during your Summer Fellowship (such as safety and security concerns, serious illness, harassment, or an absent supervisor) they are required to contact the Center staff immediately so that we can help address the situation.

  4. Be available: Upon returning to MIIS, students will be expected to be available to meet with administrators, funders, and other students to share their experiences, and to also attend the first session of fall OCRM lecture series to meet with the new IEP students.

Required Forms/Materials

Prior to receiving stipend:

  1. CBE Summer Fellows Organization Agreement

  2. CBE Summer Fellows Emergency Contact Form

  3. CBE Summer Fellows Expectations & Requirements Form

  4. CBE Activities General Release Form

  5. Proof of medical insurance (cards or letters, front/back)

  6. Photo of yourself for CBE website profile (930px wide x 780px high preferred)

Prior to departure for those traveling abroad:

  1. Proof of medical evacuation and repatriation insurance

  2. Proof of registration with the Middlebury Global Rescue.
  3. Proof of registration with the Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Links and info on the CBE Summer Fellows Expectations & Requirements Form.

Contact the CBE Program Manager with any questions: cbe@miis.edu

Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) Peacebuilder Fellowship

MIIS students can apply for small grants to cover research on peacebuilding in an international location set by the Center on an annual basis when available.

Two fellows will be selected for the location determined for that year. Mandatory pre-departure trainings (online) will be conducted in late May. Fellows are expected to be in the field for 8 to 10 weeks between May and August. Upon return, fellows will work with the Center for Conflict Studies to finalize reports and document stories from the ground.

Eligibility

  1. Masters in peace and conflict studies or related disciplines. Exceptional undergraduates (juniors and seniors only) might be considered

  2. Should be able to demonstrate strong research skills, especially empirical research skills.

  3. Spanish language proficiency (reading, writing, speaking) is a must

Scholarship

  1. A scholarship of $500 will be made available to Fellows traveling to Honduras. Local travel, board and lodge will be the responsibility of the Fellows.

  2. Fellows are responsible for the costs of international travel to Honduras.

Timeline

  1. Application Deadline: Mid-April

  2. Final Decision: Late April

  3. Trainings: Two days between in mid-May

  4. Fellowship Begins: Late May

Travel Registration and Insurance

If your capstone project takes you abroad, you should complete the travel registration form and ensure you have medical coverage (including medical evacation and repatriation at required levels) prior to departure. Note: Travel to countries with a State Department warning requirement complete international activity form and second level review by MIIS and Middlebury administration.

For more information email ccspeacebuilding@miis.edu

Sarah Meek Travel Grant

This award was made possible by a continuing donation from the family of Sarah Meek (IPS ‘96), whose life was cut short while working to improve social conditions in Africa. Up to two travel grants will be awarded to MIIS students conducting research on social change in Africa. To be eligible, students must be returning to the Institute for one or more semesters following the completion of the grant project, or be currently enrolled during the grant project. 

The research can be either independent or part of an established immersive learning program such as IPSS, DPMI+ or Frontier Market Scouts. The research must be conducted in a country in Africa for a duration of 3-4 months or more. A call for applications will be sent via email early in the spring semester to all students.

To apply for this grant, you’ll want to take the following steps (note that the application may vary slightly from year to year).

Steps

  1. Prepare a research design that focuses on a social condition in Africa of the applicant’s choosing; e.g., poverty, environment, crime, armed violence, gender equality, conflict, disease, education, refugees, etc., with the goal of making policy/program recommendations that can change that condition.

  2. The application must include:
    1. A two-page statement that includes a complete research design, to include a preliminary literature review that shows a need for this research; the who, what, where, and how of the project and its potential impact on the social condition. A description of the deliverable and plan for presenting it back to the MIIS community should be included in this statement. A timeline and preliminary budget should be attached as separate documents.

    2. A letter of support from an organization which is hosting or assisting you with your project.
  3. Jen Holguin welcomes the opportunity to review your application in advance of the deadline (please allow for sufficient time for the review and your incorporation of recommendations). Your CACS advisor is another resource well worth utilizing. We strongly encourage you to utilize a relevant faculty mentor during the research design development process.
  4. Applications must be received via email to Jen Holguin by the deadline in early spring. A committee of faculty judges will evaluate all applications and determine the recipients of the award by March 15th.
  5. Recipients of this award will receive their funding as a reimbursement(s) for travel, lodging, etc. Jen Holguin will provide information about this process to awardees.
  6. If you plan to conduct human subjects research, you may be required to submit your proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee for review. Please review the IRB guidelines for more information.
  7. As this is a MIIS-sponsored program, you will need to view the travel registration, health insurance, medical evacuation plan and State Department Travel Warning Waiver information and follow the instructions, including registering your travel and submitting the International Activity Form if you are traveling to a country with an active State Department travel warning.

Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize Fund

The Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize Fund will make available $1,500 to support a MIIS student or students to undertake a summer internship in the human trafficking field. The fund was established to honor Michiel Brandt, a former MIIS student who was planning to pursue a career in this field when she died of leukemia in July 2012, and to carry on her dream.

The recipient(s) of the cash prize will be selected by an administrator-faculty committee on a competitive basis, with priority consideration given to applicants with an internship offer in hand. To be eligible, students must be returning to the Institute for one or more semesters following the completion of the grant project, or be currently enrolled during the grant project.

Steps

  1. Watch for an email announcing the opening of the application cycle in the spring. Once received, submit an application that includes the following documents (application may vary slightly from year to year):

    1. A resume

    2. An essay (no more than 2,000 words) on the applicant’s experience/exposure to the issue of human trafficking and how the internship she/he is planning to undertake relates to her/his study at MIIS and career interests and aspirations. In the essay, the applicant should state what experiential and/or academic background, if any, she/he has had in anti-human trafficking and what she/he has learned from this. A major part of the essay should be devoted to what he/she is studying at MIIS that relates to the issue of human trafficking and what motivates her/him to possibly go into the anti-human trafficking field.

    3. Proof of an internship offer, e.g., an offer letter from the organization with a brief description of the internship.

  2. Jen Holguin welcomes the opportunity to review your application in advance of the deadline (please allow for sufficient time for the review and your incorporation of recommendations). Your CACS advisor is another resource well worth utilizing. We strongly encourage you to utilize a relevant faculty mentor during the research design development process.

  3. Recipients of this award will receive their funding as a reimbursement(s) for travel, lodging, etc. Barbara Burke will provide information about this process to awardees.

  4. The application deadline is generally in mid-spring. The application packet should be e-mailed to Barbara Burke in the Vice President’s Office at barbara.burke@miis.edu or dropped off at the Vice President’s Office in the Segal Building.

 

Peace Corps Fellows

The Peace Corps Fellows program, founded by the Institute’s own Dr. Beryl Levinger, helps RPCVs pursue a master’s degree in the fields of international development, human rights, conflict resolution, environmental policy, sustainable development, international trade, international business, or language teaching. This program must be applied for during the process of applying for a degree program at MIIS. View the program page for more formation.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

The fellowships are competitive, merit-based awards open to all applicants to the summer Middlebury Language School program. “Fellowships for Peace” recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic credentials, experience, and commitment to building a more peaceful world.

Candidates may apply directly to Middlebury Language Schools in early January. Awards will be announced in March. There is a $75 application fee for this fellowship. Please see the Middlebury Language Schools webpage for full details and application instructions.

Note that up to four credits from the Middlebury Summer Language Schools program may be counted towards your language requirements for your MIIS degree.

The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS)

T his Research Trip takes successful applicants to Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and other cities in the Russian Far East to meet with high ranking international affairs officials and journalists, as well as researchers and professors at prestigious academic institutions. Participants use these unique resources to complete large-scale research projects.

The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies is not a degree-granting program. It offers learning opportunities for students who are enrolled in existing degree programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Many MIIS students with advanced Russian language skills pursue MA degrees in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS), International Environmental Policy (IEP), or International Education Management (IEM), but GIRS is compatible with any degree-granting program at the Institute.

Travel

As this is a MIIS-sponsored program, you will need to view the travel registration, health insurance, medical evacuation plan and State Department Travel Warning Waiver information and follow the instructions, including registering your travel and submitting the International Activity Form if you are traveling to a country with an active State Department travel warning.

Freeman Foundation Award

The Freeman East Asia Internship Fund will make available ten $5,000 awards to support MIIS students as Freeman Foundation Fellows, to undertake internship or practicums in East Asia. You'll find all guidelines and eligibility requirements on the program page.