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. IPL experiences in the local Monterey area are eligible.

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 2017 and January 2018 IPL
    • November 1: Fall 2017 and January 2018 IPL, and Spring 2018 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
    • December 1: Fall 2017 and January 2018 IPL, Spring Break 2018 Practica, and Spring 2018 Semester-Long Opportunities
    • February 5: Spring Break 2018 Practica and Spring 2018 Semester-long IPL Opportunities
    • March 5: Spring Break 2018 Practica, Spring 2018 Semester-long Opportunities, and Summer 2018 IPL
    • April 5: Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 IPL
    • May 5: Summer 2018 IPL and Fall 2018 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 two staff members and a student representative from GSIPM, and a student representative from GSTILE will evaluate each application, and award funding amounts based on the tier system described below.

Tier One: Credit-bearing, unpaid or minimally paid, 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 or minimally paid semester or summer long engagements with an organization or client


  • Internships
  • Localization work
  • Interpretation work
  • Translation work
  • Language Teaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teacher Training
  • FMS Field Program (if taken for credit activity could be eligible for Tier 1)

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


  • Faculty-led off-campus practica in 2018 include: IEM France Practicum, DPMI Rwanda, Cuba Onsite Course, Balkans Onsite Course, and NPTS Czech Republic Research Reactor Practicum
  • ECLAC Interpretation internship
  • Spring or fall directed study with 1-4 weeks of travel in January or over Spring Break (this includes MIIS alumni managed programs in Peru and Colombia during J-Term)

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


  • IBP
  • 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
  • Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) domestic trainings
  • CBE Summer Fellows
  • IONP
  • Programs already funded through MIIS or other sources, such as Fulbright and Boren Fellowships, as well as the Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace recipients. This includes paid internships or jobs (e.g. stipend, wages, and/or room & board provided by host organization or sponsor)
  • Client-reimbursed costs
  • Study Abroad, including Middlebury Schools Abroad, except in cases where there is an internship component
  • ITED DC Semester (except direct costs associated with local unpaid internship, e.g. DC metro or bus commute)
  • The MIIS Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

Students are eligible for one IPL award per each year of study at MIIS.

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 a deliverable submission form that includes all of the following:

  • Receipts for expenses (program fee (not tuition), travel, lodging, or supplies as noted in budget)
  • Digital deliverable documenting the experience. The deliverable can be in the form of a report, video, or blog. MIIS reserves the right to use this information through our online platforms to share your story. It should not be an academic deliverable unless your academic deliverable has a strong storytelling component. 
  • Completed reimbursement voucher, found at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/administration/vpfin/finance-office/controller/payment, on the right-hand sidebar “New MIIS Travel 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.