Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Participating in an Immersive Learning program? See guidelines here for how to apply for Immersive Professional Learning Funding.

Immersive Professional Learning Funding Guidelines

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) endeavors to support the needs of the student body by providing opportunities to apply for financial support for Immersive Professional Learning (IPL). Funding is awarded on an individual basis and can be awarded for a credit bearing or non-credit bearing IPL experience.


  • Current MA degree-seeking students in good academic and financial standing with the Institute are eligible to apply.
  • Only MIIS-approved Immersive Professional Learning will be considered. This is applicable to both managed group programs and individual IPL experiences.

Application Requirements and Information

  • Students applying for IPL funding will need to submit:
  1. A completed Immersive Professional Learning Funding Application, including an estimated breakdown of your IPL costs.
  2. A 2-4 page proposal that includes:
  • A description of your IPL activity
  • How your IPL activity will contribute to your education at MIIS
  • A description of your deliverable that will creatively and effectively share the learning experience with the greater MIIS community.
  • Due to the rolling nature of some IPL activities, there will be seven application deadlines. Students will be notified of their award via e-mail two weeks after each submission deadline.
    • October 1: Fall 2016 and January 2017 IPL
    • November 1: Fall 2016 and January 2017 IPL, and Spring 2017 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
    • December 1: Fall 2016 and January 2017 IPL, Spring Break 2017 Practica, and Spring 2017 Semester-Long Opportunities
    • February 5: Spring Break 2017 Practica and Spring 2017 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
    • March 5: Spring Break 2017 Practica, Spring 2017 Semester-long Opportunities, and Summer 2017 IPL
    • April 5: Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 IPL
    • May 5: Summer 2017 IPL and Fall 2017 Semester-long Opportunities (IEM Practicum)
  • Financial Aid: If you receive IPL funding for work associated with a class and are receiving financial aid for the course or associated travel, the award will be considered financial aid. Your aid may be adjusted and the grant may not be paid to you directly. Rather, the grant may be used to pay off the loans that were previously awarded to you.

Evaluation Criteria

A committee that includes a GSIPM and a GSTILE faculty member, staff, and a student will evaluate each application, and award funding amounts based on the tier system described below.

Tier One: Credit-bearing, unpaid, off-site, semester-long opportunities


  • IPSS
  • DPMI Plus (field program)
  • IEM Practicum
  • NPTS honors thesis
  • DPP Independent Field Course
  • DPP Practicum (commute or travel expenses)
  • Directed Study with immersive learning component (internship, field research, etc.)

Tier Two: Non-credit bearing, unpaid semester or summer long engagements with an organization or client


  • Internships
  • Localization work
  • Interpretation work
  • Translation work
  • Language Teaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teacher Training

Tier Three: Credit bearing short-term (1-4 weeks) J-term, spring break, or summer programs


  • Faculty-led off-campus practica in 2017 include: Team Nepal, IEM Spain Practicum, DPMI Rwanda, DPMI Cairo and Colombia Client Projects, Cuba Practicum, NPTS Czech Republic Research Reactor Practicum, and the East Asia Practicum.
  • ECLAC Interpretation internship
  • Spring or fall directed study with 1-4 weeks of travel in January or over Spring Break

Tier Four: Support to credit-bearing or non-credit bearing work with real-world clients when client isn’t able to provide any resources for expenses


  • IBP
  • DPMI DC Client Project
  • Classwork focused on clients when client is recruited by faculty (in other words, not supporting an individual student who decides to work with a client on a class project on his/her own (e.g. some curriculum projects in TESOL/TFL)
  • Case competitions

Not Eligible

  • Tuition costs
  • Residential costs associated with taking classes
  • Conference attendance (available through Student Council Conference funding process)
  • DPMI domestic trainings
  • Ambassador Corps & FMS, as travel funding is available through the Center for Social Impact Learning
  • CBE Summer Fellows
  • IONP
  • Programs already funded through MIIS or other source including paid internships or jobs (e.g. stipend, wages, and/or room & board provided by host organization or sponsor)
  • Client-reimbursed costs
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad (except direct costs associated with unpaid local internship if applicable)
  • ITED DC Semester (except direct costs associated with local unpaid internship, e.g. DC metro or bus commute)

Second-year students who have never received MIIS IPL funding (in past or current year) will also receive priority within each tier. Students can receive one IPL funding award per academic year.

The table below shows the maximum amount awarded for approved applications in each tier.

Award Amount

Tier 1


Tier 2


Tier 3


Tier 4

Actual expenses, up to $500 maximum

Funding Amounts

Funding can be used towards the following expenses:

  • Program registration and fees (excluding tuition)
  • Travel
  • Lodging and meals
  • Other travel costs, e.g. taxi and other ground transportation
  • Essential supply costs directly related to IPL experience or the sharing of the experience with the MIIS and larger community

Funding is not guaranteed.

The amount awarded is at the discretion of the Immersive Professional Learning selection committee.

Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis only.


Reimbursement requests will be processed when the Vice President’s Office has received:

  • Original Receipts for expenses (program fee (not tuition), travel, lodging, or supplies as noted in budget)
  • Deliverable documenting the experience. The deliverable can be in the form of a report, video, or blog. If submitting a report or academic deliverable, please include a 200-600 word summary of your immersive learning experience highlighting how it has impacted you, personally or professionally in the document. MIIS reserves the right to use this information through our online platforms to share your story.
  • Completed reimbursement voucher
  • Photo of student or group/class in the field with caption: Ideal images should be good quality and high-resolution. Candid images of students working or well-composed posed or group images preferred.

The Vice President’s Office reserves the right to request additional documentation regarding attendance and/or participation including, but not limited to registration forms and proof of participation.

Questions on IPL funding can be directed to Barbara Burke at blburke@miis.edu.