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Prizes & Fellowships

Director of Honors: Dawn Fulton
Director of Graduate Studies: Janie Vanpée
Coordinator of Prizes: Jonathan Gosnell

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.

Voltaire Prize

Awarded to a first-year student or a sophomore at Smith College for an essay or other project in French that shows originality and engagement with her subject. Submissions for prizes must be presented in person to Jennifer Blackburn in the Department of French Studies office (Wright 102), no later than the last day of the spring semester examination period. Entries submitted should be the version of the work bearing the professor’s comments and final grade, unless the paper has not yet been returned to the student. Submissions will be judged anonymously. Guidelines for submissions.

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Césaire Prize

Awarded for excellence in an essay or other project in French by a junior or a senior on campus. Applicants should contact the director of honors and prizes in the Department of French Studies for further information on how to submit their work. Special Studies projects may not be submitted for the Césaire prize. Submissions for prizes must be presented in person to Jennifer Blackburn in the French Studies Department office (Wright 102), no later than the last day of the spring semester examination period. Entries submitted should be the version of the work bearing the professor’s comments and final grade, unless the paper has not yet been returned to the student. Submissions will be judged anonymously. Guidelines for submissions.

Most recent recipients of the prize were:

Josephine Ott Prize

Awarded to a Smith junior in Paris or Geneva for her commitment to the French language and European civilization. (In one out of seven years the prize is given to a student studying on the Geneva program.)

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Ruth Leipziger Prize

Awarded to one or more students studying on the JYA program in Paris.

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Rousseau Prize

Awarded annually to a member of the junior or senior class studying with the Smith College program in Geneva.

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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.

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Baer Fund

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

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Julia Mayrant 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.

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ENS Fellowship

Allows a Smith graduate to spend one year as an auditor at the École Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, France's most prestigious institution of higher learning.

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Killam Fellowship

Enables a Smith student to study in a Canadian university either for a year or for a semester. For more information, click here.

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