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Consider Fellowships

Buildings in Madrid, Spain at night

Under the banner “fellowships” we include merit scholarships and grants for formal education as well as educational experiences. The most prestigious, highly coveted awards last for an academic year or more and are awarded after a national or international competition. Membership in an active community of fellows and scholars is part of the benefit. Competitive summer internships and other experiential programs are often called “fellowships,” too. These are valuable opportunities that will help you build credentials and gain experience to make yourself a more competitive candidate for graduate school and the longer-term fellowships on which we focus in Smith’s Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program.

It’s Never Too Early To Start

Have you wondered if there is a fellowship out there for you? Do you have questions about when you should begin to prepare an application? Or what steps you might take to be an even stronger candidate? Come to an informal session on fellowship opportunities and talk with your faculty advisers or with an adviser in the Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program. Whether you are a first-year student, a senior or a recent alum, ask questions. Some programs are open to sophomores and juniors, while some are aimed at graduating seniors and recent graduates. In all cases, strong applications require sound planning in advance. Start early—as early in your college career as possible—even if you’re not ready to sit down and write your application.

How Do I Get Started?

Familiarize yourself with fellowship opportunities and let them inspire you! Once you know one or two opportunities that interest you, start conversations with your advisers. Familiarize yourself with when you may apply for opportunities. If you need to apply to be endorsed for a fellowship, pay close attention to when you must begin working toward your goal. Remind yourself of deadlines.

Improving Your Prospects

Most fellowships look for fellows with high academic achievement, engaged in campus and community, who are creative and critical thinkers. Individuals enhance their prospects by taking advantage of the richness of Smith’s liberal arts curriculum and co-curricular opportunities.

Study what you love and feel is important. Challenge yourself. Explore on campus and off. Take on responsibility. Solve problems. Be a doer and practice rallying others to do things that matter with you.

We encourage students to pursue personal, educational and career development. Talk with your advisers and teachers. Seek research and travel experiences.

From Dreaming to Doing

Meet with Us!

Ready to meet with an adviser? Log into Handshake and choose “Fellowships/Scholarships First Meeting.”


Student Voices

Daisy Astorga Gonzalez ’19
Daisy Astorga Gonzalez ’19

“I applied [for] fellowships, so I could become a first-generation graduate student and ease the financial burden of pursuing my graduate studies.”

Charlotte Samuels ’20
Charlotte Samuels ’20

“I [applied] to the Fulbright program because of the incredible opportunities to work closely with communities on issues that connect my interests in anthropology and public health.”

Eve Xu ’20

“[A] graduate fellowship [i]s not only an honor but also a gateway to possess more ownership and flexibility over one’s graduate work.”