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Celebrate how Smith
students and alumnae
have fared in fellowships.

             Fulbright Fast Track

Outstanding Achievements

Updated 1/9/13

SMITH College has the strongest U.S. Student Fulbright Program in the country, which over the past 12 years since 2002 has seen about 174 graduates offered grants to conduct research or teach English in 63 different countries.

• Smith's Fulbright success rate (ratio of winners to applicants) over the past nine years has on average been the highest in the nation among top-producing institutions, including the Ivy League universities and comparable elite colleges.

• With 23 winners out of 42 applicants in the 2012-13 competition year, Smith's success rate was 55 per cent which is more than three times the national average of 17 percent for the competition.

• Overall, Smith has produced the most Fulbright Fellows among liberal arts colleges since 2002.

• Compared to all U.S. institutions, Smith ranked 9th nationally for its total number of Fulbright Fellows in 2012-13, frequently producing as many Fulbright Fellows as leading universities with double the number of applicants.

• Since 2001 when Smith established its Fellowships Program, its graduates have received 174 Fulbright award offers.

• In 2013, Clarke Knight '13 was named Smith College's first Rhodes Scholar. This was after 35 years when in 1977 women were first allowed to enter the Rhodes competition following a campaign by Smith Professor Peter de Villiers, himself a former Rhodes Scholar and then at Harvard, to have the British Parliament change Rhodes's will that had used the word "men".

• Among the numerous fellowships awarded to Smith students and alumnae since 2001 are:

174 Fulbright Fellowships
33 French Government Teaching Assistantships
15 DAAD Fellows to Germany
14 Boren Scholars
13 Goldwater Scholars
11 Critical Language Scholars
9 DAAD Undergraduate Scholars
9 Gilman Scholars
9 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows
8 Ecole Normale Superieure Fellows to Paris
7 Fulbright Scholars (faculty and alumnae)
7 Killam Fellows to Canada
6 Freeman-Asia Undergraduate Study Abroad Fellows
6 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars
5 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars
4 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders
3 Beckman Scholars
3 Hellenic American Education Foundation Teaching Fellows
3 Humanity in Action Fellows
3 Japan-America Student Conference Delegates
3 Mellon Fellows
2 American India Foundation Service Corps
2 Beinecke Scholars
2 Presidential Fellows, Center for the Study of the Presidency    and Congress
2 Udall Environmental Fellows
1 Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship
1 Bailey Study Abroad Scholarship
1 Bloomberg Fellowship to the Medill School of Journalism
1 Bowman Travel Grant
1 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1 Council on International Educational Exchange Study Abroad    Fellowship
1 FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellow
1 Fulbright-Hayes Grant
1 Goldman Sachs Leadership Institute Delegate
1 Indian University Graduate School Dean's Minority Fellow
1 Insight Collaborative Fellow
1 Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Fellow
1 Iota Sigma Pi Gladys Anderson Emerson Chemistry Scholar
1 Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace
1 Knowles Math Teaching Fellow
1 Luce Scholar
1 National Yiddish Book Center Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
1 NOAA Hollings Scholar
1 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
1 Rhodes Scholar
1 Rotary World Peace Scholar
1 Soros New American Fellow
1 Town of Cambridge Scholar
1 Truman Fellow
1 UNESCO-Fulbright Science & Sustainability Internship in Paris
1 Vose Scholar in American Art History
1 Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished    Student Scholar
1 Wollitzer Scholar
1 Woodrow Wilson Scholar

For a more detail on winners and awards, please see Past Year Achievements and Smith Fulbright Roll of Honor.


In some cases the above statistics do not correspond to those published in the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) because their statistics are not comprehensively accurate since they are only a snapshot of numbers at a particular time shortly before CHE goes to press early fall. Hence CHE figures do not necessarily reflect the final total in any one competition or fellowships year.

Additionally, statistics are reported differently by institutions, including the Institute of International Education (I.I.E.) who are the U.S. Student Fulbright administrators, because the Fulbright has a competition year preceding a subsequent fellowships year, and some institutions quote the competition year while others reference the fellowships year.

Then some institutions include the French Government Teaching Assistantship (FGTA) in their Fulbright count because I.I.E. also run a competition for 50 FGTA awards in tandem with the Fulbright competition. Smith College does not include FGTA awards among its Fulbright numbers because the FGTA is not a Fulbright.

Some Fulbright grants begin up to a year after being offered (about 17 months after the application deadline) with the result that not all grants are ultimately taken up and, in some cases, not all fellowships are completed. Also, sometimes a grant is offered after the CHE figures are published and set in stone so to speak (because I.I.E. simply reproduces the CHE figures on their own website) as if they are the final statement of fact when in truth they can give a false reading of numbers.

For these numerous reasons that can lead to factual errors, Smith sticks to the fixed number of awards offered to ensure accuracy and consistency in reporting its numbers. Comparisons could therefore be calculated differently by other institutions, producing different results, and still be correct based on the criteria each institution uses.