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Funding By Academic Department

Do you have a special project in mind, or want to attend a conference but don't see your department listed here? It doesn't mean that the department doesn't have funding for students. Just ask!

academic prize competitions

Included in the below funds are several academic prize competitions. Undergraduate students in all classes, and in some cases alumnae, can compete for these prizes by submitting application materials to the department responsible. These are monetary prizes, not scholarships, and the amounts vary. Questions concerning prizes should be addressed to the department responsible for the prize. Prize winners are announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May. Click here for a complete list of prize competitions.

American Studies

For the upcoming January Term, the Smith American Studies Program has funds to support two internships—our own mini-Praxis program. The money for these internships comes from the Elizabeth Schroder Hoxie '69 Memorial Fund. This year we have funds sufficient for two internships at between $800 and $900 each. We would expect a student to work three weeks at 35 to 40 hours per week for her internship. The Hoxie internships have been a great resource over the years for our majors—who have used this funding to do research with Smith professors, to work for a magazine in New York, to serve as a delegate to a United Students Against Sweatshops meeting in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, to help with exhibits at a local historical society, and to volunteer with the Korean American Coalition in L.A...just to name a few of the projects funded over the last several years. (The Hoxie funding may also be used to enable students to participate in already-established unpaid internships; you might wish to check at the Career Development Office for more information about J-term internship possibilities.)

If you are interested in applying for funding for one of these internships, please submit to the American Studies office in Wright Hall by Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4 p.m. a one-to-two page statement in which you:

Please feel free to contact Director of the American Studies Program Michael Thurston at extension 3385 or by e-mail mthursto@smith.edu.

Art Department: Art History, Studio Art, Architecture

In addition to the prizes that can be found on the Dean of the College website and the art department web site, the art department has the following:

Elizabeth Schroder Hoxie '69 Memorial Fund Internship Grant

Every year, two students are each awarded $950 to do an internship.

The Alice Williams Carson '34 Endowed Internship at the Toledo Museum of Art

This is a summer internship for a qualified Smith student interested in exploring a career in art museums. The internship is a curatorial assistant position dedicated to several projects. In 2009, the internship paid $4,000. The museum often provides housing.

Clark Science Center

Research Internships and Funding

A number of internship, scholarship, fellowship and grant opportunities are shared via the Science Students mailing list. Students can self-subscribe to this list at any time here.

Summer Internships

The Clark Science Center Director's Office site lists a large number of summer research opportunities, both in the Five Colleges and other locations:

Research Funding and Fellowships

During the school year, you may engage in research via advanced courses in your department. Two of such opportunities are the special studies option, and senior honors thesis, through which you perform in-depth research on your topic of choice under the supervision of a faculty member. Whereas special studies usually consists of a semester long project, the honors thesis comprises a year-long endeavor. Contact your particular department for detailed information. Either option is eligible for funding supplied via your department and/or College Hall.

Discretionary Funds at the Dean of the College's site >

The Smith College's Fellowship Office has also succeeded in training an increasing number of applicants for prestigious national fellowships.

Fellowship Office site >

Conference Travel Funding

The Clark Science Center administrates two grants supporting students attending conferences. Additionally, you may inquire for available conference travel funding at your particular department. The Dean of the College, the President's Office, as well as other offices around campus also offer funding opportunities.

Computer Science

If a student wants to attend a conference related to the major, she can submit a brief proposal and budget. Some funds are available for reimbursement. Submit proposals to Administrative Assistant Daryl Jett, at extension 3804 or djett@smith.edu.


The Smith College Department of Economics, through the Ross-Herman/Leonard Committee has funds available for economics students (major or minor) who wish to pursue activities that will enhance their academic experience in the area of economics. Senior students are eligible to apply for funding to support projects that will take place in the summer (winter for J-graduates) immediately following their graduation, although priority will be given to continuing students. Examples of student activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:


Conferences and seminars that are vocational rather than academic in nature will not be supported nor will funds be granted for summer school fees.

How to Apply

Applications should specify the amount of funds requested and include a detailed breakdown of the budget items and a description of the event in question. A letter of support from an economics professor should accompany all conference and research-related applications. Conference programs (or a link to the online program) should be included where appropriate.

Applications for conferences will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications for funds should be submitted to:
The Ross-Herman/Leonard Committee
c/o Judy Fountain
Economics Department Secretary
Wright Hall, 12

French Studies

Director of Honors: Mary Ellen Birkett
Director of Graduate Studies: Ann Leone (Fall), Martine Gantrel (Spring)

Prizes and fellowships are available to students studying French at Smith and on junior year abroad (JYA) programs. Students interested in information about these prizes should consult the director of honors, or in the case of prizes and fellowships awarded to students on the JYA programs in Paris or Geneva, the current director of that program. Students interested in the ENS post-graduate fellowship and the Killam fellowship to Canadian universities should consult the director of graduate studies.

The Blumberg Fellowship

Funds up to five students on the Smith College JYA programs who design a project to be carried out during the summer after their academic year on the JYA program. The fellowship provides the opportunity for students to travel widely in the country of their program.

The Baer Fund

Sponsors a student wishing to undertake a full-time internship during the summer after her studies on the JYA program in Geneva.

The Julia Mayrani Rees Simonds '95 France Internship Fund

Sponsors a student wishing to undertake an internship during the summer after her studies on the JYA program in Paris, or in Geneva, if there should be no candidates from the Paris program.

The ENS Fellowship

Allows a Smith graduate to spend one year at the École Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, France's most prestigious institution of higher learning and to study in the humanities (philosophy, literature, history of art, classical studies [Latin/Greek/archaeology], general linguistics), social sciences (history, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy of sciences, cognitive sciences, cinematographic studies) and sciences (mathematics, biology, computer science, chemistry, physics, earth sciences).

Government Department

Fox-Boorstein International Internship

The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by her bequest and through the generosity of family members, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-governmental/profit or non-profit international organizations. All students are invited to apply. Application forms are available in Wright Hall 15 in March. The deadline for application is usually mid-April.

Leanna Brown Fellowship

The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by the generosity of her father Harold Young, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (government or non-government) focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply. Application forms are available in Wright Hall 15 in March. The deadline for application is usually mid-April. (On occasion, this fund may be used by a student who wishes to attend a conference.)

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Students interested in careers of public service are invited to register for nomination for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The award of $30,000 is for graduate or professional education. Smith College may nominate up to four juniors for the national competition. It is best to begin the process early in the spring of the sophomore year (especially if you will be abroad in your junior year). Registrations are accepted up to early fall of the junior year, but the earlier you begin, the better your chances. Detailed information and registration forms are available from Don Andrew dandrew@smith.edu, College Hall 101.

International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize was established in 1985 as an award for achievement and for plans for further supervised study, work or research in the areas of international relations, peace studies or race relations. Mrs. Tuttle '09 and family had a lifelong interest and involvement in these areas following their years of residence in China and the establishment of an international import business.
The prize is for use during the present year (2012-2013) or next year (2013-2014). Smith undergraduate students of any nationality who have excelled academically and have done substantial academic work or have had equivalent relevant experience in international relations, peace studies or race relations are eligible. Your application should include details of your work or experience relevant to this prize.
To apply, students must complete an application, which includes a resume, the name of the project supervisor and a description of the project. In addition, two letters of recommendation must be submitted to the selection committee. Preference is given to seniors, who are eligible as long as they have not enrolled in graduate school. The prize may not be used for graduate school expenses.
Applications are available in the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 203. The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting materials must be filed with that office by 4 p.m. on April 12, 2013. Prize recipients will be announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May.

Center for Women in Mathematics

The Postbaccalaureate Program

The Postbaccalaureate Program is for women with bachelor's degrees who did not major in mathematics or whose mathematics major was light. This program is open to all women with a serious interest in pursuing a higher degree in the mathematical sciences. Successful applicants will have completed at least Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus before enrolling in our program.

Students spend a semester or year at Smith, taking three math courses each term. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a great variety of courses. Standards include courses in analysis, algebra, statistics, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, differential equations, complex analysis, topology, and geometry. There are also topics courses reflecting the diverse interests of the faculty. In recent years, these have included relativity, analysis of algorithms, chaos and fractals, cryptography, mathematical sculpture, set theory, and phyllotaxis. Participants may also take undergraduate and graduate courses at the neighboring campuses of Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Visiting students take a seminar together that includes a lecture series, undergraduate curriculum review, an introduction to mathematical research and writing, and discussions on career paths, applying to graduate school, and taking the GREs.

Every student has the opportunity to join a research team, working on a project with a Smith faculty member. The projects and topics vary from year to year, and faculty supervising research introduce their projects at the start of the Fall semester.

One of the most valuable aspects of visiting Smith is becoming part of the Smith mathematical community. Each student will have mentoring to help her find her place in the mathematical sciences.

A full tuition waiver and a $12,500 stipend to cover living costs are available to every U.S. citizen or permanent residents who is admitted to the Postbaccalaureate Program. This generous financial aid package is made possible by the support of the National Science Foundation and Smith College.

Paperwork for applications to the Postbaccalaureate Program is handled by the Office of Graduate and Special Programs. Detailed application information and forms are posted here.

Music Department

Music majors and other Smith students who have taken a significant number of courses in music are eligible to apply for Susan Rose Internships in music. Thanks to the generosity of Susan Wechsler Rose '63, students have profited from internships—in performance, in academic musical study, in the larger world of the music business—that have ranged from participation in the opera workshop at the Aspen Music Festival to the study of traditional Ewe drumming in the African nation of Ghana, and from field work on Buddhist chanting in California to bibliographical work on Berlioz at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

These internships, awarded by the Department of Music and providing support up to an approximate maximum of $5,000, are normally carried out during the summer months following the junior year. For many students, the projects completed during the tenure of their Susan Rose Internships have been highly important components of their general musical studies at Smith College, and have occasionally opened doors to careers in music.

The Department of Music also awards annual prizes for excellent work in the areas of music history, theory, composition and performance. In some cases these prizes offer substantial amounts that may cover the expense of summer musical study or even tuition at an institution of higher learning.

Philosophy Department

No formal funding available. However, check with your adviser or the chair of the department if you want funding for a special project.

Public Policy or Law

The Barbara Jordan Prize

This prize was established in 1989 to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in law and public policy, after the example of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936 - 1996). Students and alumnae are invited to submit an application. The prize funds may be used to help prepare for admission (e.g., for application costs, internships, travel to interviews) or they may be applied toward academic loan-forgiveness. The funds may also be held for later use to help meet the costs of tuition and books.
To apply, submit evidence that you have been accepted into a school of law or a graduate program of public policy, along with a statement of professional intentions that should explain why you are interested in pursuing a career in law or public policy, some of the events in your life that led you to the decision to do so and your career plans. In addition please submit a transcript, a resume, a description of how the prize funds will be used and two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a Smith faculty member.
All materials must be submitted by April 12, 2013, to the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 203. Questions should be directed to sbriggs@smith.edu. Prize recipients will be announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation.

David Burres Memorial Law Prize

This prize was established in 1985 by family and friends of Attorney Burres, who in his lifetime encouraged the entry of women into the legal profession. The prize, to be used toward first-year tuition, is awarded to a graduating senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school (entrance may be deferred; the prize will be held until needed). Preference is given to students aspiring to practice law in the public interest rather than for private gain, in memory of Attorney Burres’s work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor, but the prize is not restricted to students on financial aid.
To apply, submit a statement of professional intentions, a transcript, a statement of where you have been accepted for law school and whether you will be receiving financial aid, a resume and two letters of reference (at least one of which must be from a Smith faculty member). Your statement of professional intentions should explain what area of law you are interested in, why it interests you, what you might bring to it, and some background about events, large or small, that influenced your decision to pursue law, and in particular, public interest law. This may be similar to your personal statement you wrote for law school applications. If your personal statement addresses what we are asking for, you may submit it as this component of your application for the Burres Prize.
All materials must be submitted to College Hall 203, by 4 p.m. on April 12, 2013.
Questions should be directed to sbriggs@smith.edu. A committee will review applications and notification will be made by the end of April. Prize recipients will be announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May.

Psychology Department

Frances Baker Holmes Fund

An endowment for the psychology departments assists with travel to conferences. Sometimes it funds special projects.

Become a Paid Research Assistant

All active faculty in the department have ongoing research programs. Each year, faculty presents new findings at national and international meetings of learned societies and publishes copiously in scholarly journals. We are eager to involve our majors and pre-majors in our research. It is a valuable opportunity to learn at first hand the technical skills of doing research in psychology, the methods of processing findings, and the style of preparing manuscripts and posters for publication and presentation. These positions are generally paid prevailing rates for student assistants.

Become a Paid Summer Research Fellow

Every summer, the Clark Science Center awards summer research fellowships, which provide students the opportunity to work with faculty on their research while also receiving a stipend. Faculty members usually take on fellows if they have had them in a class or have worked with them in some sort of prior research context. Students should seek this opportunity by talking with faculty about their interest in such a program. A call for application submissions is announced every spring, so students should be looking out for this opportunity early in the spring semester. This allows sufficient time to talk to a faculty member, and then submit a cogent proposal.

Summer Research Opportunities

Many members of the department employ students to work with them throughout the summer on their research. Summer research typically involves the work students do as research assistants during the year or after completing an advanced research course. These opportunities frequently carry stipends, and are advertised to all majors and minors.

Religion Department

For this academic year, funds are available for religion majors. Students should send a one- to two-page proposal about what they want to do, with a budget attached. Students who receive funding will be asked to report back on what they did during a departmental luncheon. Examples of funded activities include materials used for research projects (film-making, crafting religious icons), conference attendance, and the like.

Send your proposal to Donna Gunn in the religion department.

Sociology Department

Wahrsager Scholarship

The Smith College Department of Sociology awards the Wahrsager Scholarship every year to a sociology major (sophomore or junior) who demonstrates a high level of scholarship, intellectual promise, character and leadership. The scholarship fund makes a significant (approximately $10,000 per year) contribution toward the fees of the recipient during her junior and senior years at Smith. The recipient may also apply to the department for an additional year of support toward expenses for the first year of graduate work in sociology providing she enrolls as a full-time student within two academic years following her graduation from Smith. Interested students may obtain additional information from their major advisers.

The Samuel Bowles Prize

The sociology department each spring awards the Bowles Prize to a major for the most distinguished paper written by a senior during the academic year. Graduating seniors may submit papers for consideration to any member of the department.

The Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize

The sociology department awards the Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize each year to the student(s) with the outstanding paper(s) in sociological theory or its application.

Theatre Department

The theatre department can grant majors up to $500 for theater-related, non-credit-bearing experiences.