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Fellowships Advising

Leigh Johnston in the Campus Center

The Smith College Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program advises Smith students and recent alumnae who wish to apply for competitive national and international fellowships. Our approach—informing, advising, encouraging, and working with candidates and their mentors—adopts the “by design” approach of the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Fellowship applications aren’t developed in isolation. They reflect your best ideas of what you want to do and why. They also reflect who you are and what you’ve achieved. They reflect your values and capture some of your dreams.

Advising Overview

Fellowship advisers seek to enable students and alumnae to imagine and create future pathways that fulfill their passions; fit their educational, career and life goals; and further Smith’s mission of developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges.

Through fellowships advising, advisers help applicants aspire to awards that fit them; plan for graduate and professional school; and pursue once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The process of applying for a fellowship is collaboration involving lots of conversations across campus with mentors and advisers.

Fellowships exploration starts with an introduction to relevant opportunities through our website and conversation with fellowships advisers and other campus mentors. When a fellowships plan takes shape and is agreed upon by the individuals and their advisers, candidates begin working on drafts of essays in preparation for applying.

When you are certain that you are ready and are an appropriate candidate for one or more fellowships, express your interest and talk with a fellowships adviser about how to start your application. We will touch base with your faculty advisers. Then, we’ll begin the work. 

Making the Most of Fellowships Advising

Understand the Process

Watch this short video prepared by three fellowships advisers to explain the fellowships application process.

 

Do Your Own Reflection

It’s your future we’re talking about here! Collect your thoughts as you go along.

 

Talk Over Your Ideas

Conversation with others—peers, mentors, teachers—will help you clarify all dimensions of the application you will submit.
 


Meet Your Advisers

Margaret Lamb, Ph.D.

Director, Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program
mlamb@smith.edu

Margaret Lamb supports students and recent alums who wish to apply for fellowships and postgraduate scholarship opportunities. In her work, she builds relationships with award foundations, collaborates with faculty and designs programs and services aimed at supporting students in the fellowships process. She is deeply committed to a comprehensive fellowships program that is broadly accessible to the entire student population and aligned with the college’s values and aspirations, in which the educational and personal growth of the fellowships applicant is prioritized.

Dr. Lamb came to Smith College in 2013. Over the course of her career she has worked in colleges in the UK and US as a faculty member, administrator and as an adviser. She is a graduate of Harvard College and earned her doctorate in economics at the University of Reading. She worked in finance in the UK and taught at Warwick Business School. At the University of Connecticut she directed the individualized major and undergraduate research programs.

Andrew Dausch, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program
adausch@smith.edu

Andrew Dausch works in partnership with the director to promote national fellowships and postgraduate scholarship opportunities across Smith College’s diverse student population. He advises students and recent alumnae on a broad portfolio of awards. In particular, he helps students navigate the process of applying for a Fulbright award by helping them develop their scholarly credentials and prepare their application materials.   

Andrew began working at Smith in 2016. He was trained as an intellectual and cultural historian of Europe and Latin America with a specialization in cultural diplomacy and transnational scholarly exchange. He earned his doctorate in history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has taught courses in European, Latin American, and World History.


Arranging Appointments

You may make appointments to talk with  Margaret Lamb or Andrew Dausch using the “appointments” search function on Handshake. For your first appointment, choose a 60-minute appointment. For a follow-up appointment, you may choose a 30- or 60-minute appointment.

Your first meeting
  • If you know at least one fellowship for which you wish to apply, please complete the Fellowship Interest Form before your first appointment.
  • If you want to explore fellowship options before you decide where you will focus, please share a copy of your resume and your unofficial transcript prior to your meeting.
Subsequent meetings
  • If your interests have changed, please complete the Fellowship Interest Form before your appointment.
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve met with Dr. Lamb or Dr. Dausch, please share a copy of your updated resume and unofficial transcript ahead of your meeting.
Review of the final draft of your fellowship application

Share your draft at least 24 hours ahead of your scheduled appointment.