The Davis United World College Scholars Fellowship
in Nonproliferation Studies

Unfortunately, there will be no Davis UWC Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies for the summer of 2019.
We will update you if there are any changes.

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) offers a supervised fully-funded fellowship in Monterey to two Davis UWC Scholars. This year, the fellowship program at the CNS runs early June – late August, 2017, with flexibility to accommodate individual students’ availability.

Unlike the other two components of the Davis United World College Scholars Fellowships at MIIS, which are shorter-term, classroom or practicum programs–the Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies is similar to a research assistantship or internship. Lodging and travel costs from/to Monterey will be paid by the Fellowship in addition to a $45 per diem.*

*Note that the total support received through the fellowship program is considered non-qualified scholarship by the IRS and as such we are required to withhold taxes unless treaty benefits apply.


  • All Davis UWC Scholars who have completed at least their sophomore year of study by time of application are eligible.
  • Knowledge of international security topics and command of a foreign language are desirable.
  • Students majoring in the physical or biological sciences are also encouraged to apply.

 Program Description:

Davis UWC Scholars engaged in this fellowship will conduct research on issues related to the spread and control of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and on regional security issues involving the former Soviet Union, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Research activities also cover issues related to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other arms control and disarmament agreements and terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction.

In addition to being involved in ongoing projects at CNS, UWC fellows may develop their own independent research projects under the guidance of CNS faculty.  Fellows are invited to attend numerous CNS lectures, training seminars and nonproliferation discussion meetings throughout the summer. Fellows may also have an opportunity to present results of their independent research as appropriate at the end of the program.

For International Students:

Due to the academic nature and content of the fellowship program, continuing international students in the United States in valid F-1 or J-1 student visa status may participate without taking additional action related to their student visa status, in most cases. International students in valid F-1 or J-1 student visa status who will have graduated from their current institution by the start date of the fellowship program will need to have approved F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or authorized Academic Training (for J-1 students) by the start date of the fellowship program in order to participate.  International students should consult with the international student advisor at their current institution to confirm that they can participate or, for more information on immigration-related issues, applicants are welcome to contact our International Student & Scholar Services office by emailing isss@middlebury.edu.

 To Apply:

Application packets should include:

  • Cover letter including statement of purpose (Please be sure to clearly state that you are applying for the Davis UWC Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies, and specify which CNS project you are most interested in.)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation (At least one letter must be from your college professor. You can also ask the recommender(s) to send the letter directly to the address provided below.)

An application form is not necessary, but be sure to clearly state that you are applying for the Davis UWC Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact:

Masako Toki, Coordinator of Davis UWC Fellowship Program
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce St. Monterey, CA 93940
Email: masako.toki@miis.edu
(A hard copy or electronic copy)

For information on participants and their projects, click here


Comments from past Davis UWC Fellows in Nonproliferation Studies illustrate their valuable experiences at the Middlebury Institute:

“It was a rewarding experience. I believe that in order to tackle the problem of proliferation, there must be more involvement in studying this issue. I feel fortunate to have become involved in this study.

“The Davis UWC Fellowship at CNS has been a big eye-opener for me. As a student pursuing Political Science and Economics, while dreaming of attending law school and eventually participating in political affairs that involve my country (India), this fellowship has been a big contribution.”

“I have had the opportunity to attend numerous seminars by resident lecturers and visiting scholars. The staff is warm and generous, very encouraging and supportive of independent research and always willing to answer questions.”

Previous years’ participants in the Davis UWC Scholars Fellowships in Nonproliferation Studies are from Middlebury College, Cornell University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Princeton University, Wellesley College, College of the Atlantic, Earlham College, Skidmore College, Luther College, and Wheaton College.