Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

In the spirit of cooperation to advance a shared interest in creating a cadre of minority students who are academically qualified for high-level careers in international service, UNCF students may be eligible for accelerated entry status and a MIIS Merit Scholarship.


The Institute and UNCF are partnering to provide scholarships to qualified minority students. UNCF students who demonstrate their academic excellence are recognized and valued through this partnership with the Institute. Learn more about the degree programs offered by the Institute.


UNCF students qualify for the accelerated entry into graduate programs and a MIIS Merit Scholarship if they meet certain eligibility criteria:

  1. UNCF students must meet the requirements for admission to the Institute degree programs, with additional accelerated entry requirements: micro- and macro-economics within the last three years, two years of recent successful college-level foreign language study for native speakers of English, or 80 minimum TOEFL for non-native speakers of English.
  2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required to be considered for a scholarship.
  3. UNCF IIP Fellows must have successfully completed the IIPP Sophomore Summer Policy Institute, Junior Year Study Abroad, Junior Summer Policy Institute, IIPP Internship, and Summer Language Institute to be considered for Accelerated Entry Status.
  4. Students must be nominated by UNCFSP and then reviewed by the Institute admissions committee. Admissions decisions will be sent directly to the candidate.

UNCF students accepted into the Institute programs will be admitted with Accelerated Entry status. Normal status requires the completion of 60 credit hours to earn a master's degree; only 48 credits will be required of IIPP Fellows for degree completion under this Accelerated Entry status.

Application Process

To apply for the MIIS Merit Scholarship and Accelerated Entry as an IIPP Fellow, you must be nominated by UNCFSP. Once you have been nominated, you may submit your completed application for admission to a degree program plus all support documents including transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, resume and statement of purpose by the priority scholarship deadline. For Fall semester there are three rounds of scholarship selection: December 1, February 1, and March 1. For Spring semester the priority deadline is October 1. Late applications will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis. Apply online by one of our scholarship deadlines.

To learn more about the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, visit their website.