Discretionary Funds by Office
Funds are awarded at the discretion of the office holding them, and questions should be directed to that office.
Some academic departments also have funding to support students' attendance at professional conferences, and you should check with the department before submitting a Student Special Funding Application. Funding is not available for attending political rallies.
Funding Outside the United States
The Office for International Study and the Smith Student Aid Society are the only offices that will fund programs and travel outside the United States.
Ada Comstock Scholars Program
Emergency grants for Ada Comstock Scholars for medical or dental expenses and other unforeseen expenses. Also, small grants to attend conferences and other opportunities for professional development as well as some funds for Adas' textbook assistance.
See also Magic Grants for Ada Comstock Scholars.
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Funds for students' personal needs and travel for conferences, retreats and special programs related to religion, ethics or community or public service.
The Rothchild Fund is for family emergencies and occasionally for conferences and special studies projects.
Limited funding is available for textbooks.
For seniors, the Tomlinson Fund is available for honors projects.
Dean of the College
For funding to attend conferences and for special studies work, use the Student Special Funding Application (PDF).
For funding for individual students on financial aid to participate in social and co-curricular opportunities at Smith, emergency funding for medical needs and travel for urgent family matters see emergency funding.
We also have funds to help you purchase required textbooks.
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
Funds for student activities that help foster new and innovative ideas or programs related to nurturing a diverse campus community. Priority will be given to proposals that involve collaboration between student groups. However, individual students may also apply for funds for projects or activities consistent with improving the campus climate for a diverse community.
Individual students use the Student Special Funding Application (PDF) and student groups use the Student Activities Request for Event Funding form available in the institutional diversity office, Campus Center 106.
Office for International Students
Funding for international students for travel, academic expenses, eyeglasses. Individual or group expenses for trips, graduate school applications and testing expenses, winter recess housing, conferences.
Funding for personal and medical expenses while in the United States.
Office for International Study
Funding for January or summer projects that take place internationally, including study, research, service or unpaid internships. Applications due October 15 for January projects and March 15 for summer projects. See Web site for an application form and guidelines.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Emergency support for medical/dental care, eyeglasses, medications and travel for urgent family matters.
Funds are available for individual students to attend conferences. The funds are intended to help students with the cost of attending academic conferences and symposia, particularly events where students are presenting papers, participating on panels, or otherwise taking an active part in the program. Conferences of a nonacademic nature, even though related to a student's academic interests, are not funded. Funding is provided for an individual student only once during her time at Smith.
Smith Students' Aid Society
- Emergency grants for eye care expenses, emergency dental and medical costs
- Grants for academic enhancement such as summer or Interterm study (available through the Class Deans' Office)
- Supplies for fine arts courses
- Field trips
- Emergency funding for textbooks
Beyond Smith: Special funding program available to seniors in need of financial assistance with costs for interview clothing, travel costs for interviews, graduate school application fees and fine arts portfolio expenses. The maximum grant is $200.
More information is available at the Class Deans Web site.
Student Financial Services
Funding for financial emergencies and textbooks. Funding is only for students on aid, usually high-need students.