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Bella Teeva ’21
We are proud of the Smithies who have been offered nationally and internationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and awards, and we admire every individual who has applied for a competitive fellowship. The application itself represents completion of a long collaborative process between students and advisers. We are grateful to faculty, staff and others who rally around candidates to advise and mentor, write letters of recommendation and review applications.

Fulbright Success Rate

In the last five years, 51 percent of Fulbright applicants have been offered awards, and almost 80 percent of applicants demonstrate just how competitive they are by reaching the semi-finalist stage.

Recent Fellowships Successes

Check this page regularly for the latest news about applicants, awardees and happenings.


Smith College’s 2020 Truman Scholar Katie McGarry ’21 was selected by her peers as co-captain of her Truman cohort.

  • Marva Tariq ’21 (Chemistry, Goldwater Scholar 2020) and two alums were selected as 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellows. Each fellow is recognized for their achievements and potential in research and receives funding for three years of graduate school. Read about Marva in the Grécourt Gate profile.
  • Ahlenne Abreu ’22 (Biochemistry) was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements and progress toward her natural science research goals. A Posse Scholar, Ahlenne has been part of the Scordilis research lab since her first year. Read Ahlenne’s Grécourt Gate profile.
  • Three DAAD scholarships were awarded for graduate study in Germany. Clara Henderson ’20 (Art History) and Kerry Walker ’21 (East Asian Studies, Comparative World Literature) were awarded DAAD Study Scholarships to fund two-year master’s programs in Germany. Ken Komu ’19 (Engineering) was awarded a DAAD Leadership for Africa scholarship for a two-year master’s program in Germany.
  • Two undergrads are participating in Critical Language Scholarship programs in the summer of 2021. The CLS is a competitive summer award offering overseas intensive language study and cultural immersion in 15 languages. Twenty-three Smith College students, from first years to seniors, applied for the award. Emily Paule ’22 (Government) received an award to participate in a virtual program in Mandarin. Bea Weinand ’23 (Linguistics) was selected for a virtual program in Arabic.
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Fellowships By the Numbers



Since fall of 2016, at least 462 Smithies have applied for prestigious national and international fellowships.



Just last academice year alone (2020–21), 30 alums applied for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships.



The number of Smithies awarded fellowships since fall 2016, including Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Marshall, NSF Graduate Research, Rangel, Pickering, Truman and Udall.

Fulbright Achievements

Smith College has one of the strongest U.S. Student Fulbright programs in the country. In addition to demonstrating Smith’s global reach, Smithies’ success in carrying out projects in over 40 distinct fields of research illustrates the strength of the curriculum as well as the extraordinary talents of Smith students, faculty and staff.


11 Fellows (includes 1 alum who applied via her graduate school + 3 re-applicants who were offered prior year deferrals at the semi-finalist stage of the current competition), 3 Alternates, 20 Semi-Finalists, 24 Candidates


16 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 21 Semi-Finalists, 25 Candidates


15 Fellows, 2 Alternates, 20 Semi-Finalists, 24 Candidates

17 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 24 Semi-Finalists, 31 Candidates

14 Fellows, 4 Alternates, 26 Semi-Finalists, 37 Candidates

19 Fellows, 2 Alternates, 28 Semi-Finalists, 43 Candidates

20 Fellows, 5 Alternates, 31 Semi-Finalists, 42 Candidates

15 Fellows, 4 Alternates, 27 Semi-Finalists, 37 Candidates

25 Fellows, 4 Alternates, 32 Semi-Finalists, 42 Candidates

19 Fellows, 3 Alternates, 28 Finalists, 42 Candidates

19 Fellows, 5 Alternates, 29 Semi-Finalists, 40 Candidates

16 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 19 Semi-Finalists, 27 Candidates

14 Fellows, 3 Alternates, 21 Semi-Finalists, 36 Candidates

17 Fellows, 2 Alternates, 23 Semi-Finalists, 32 Candidates

14 Fellows, 3 Alternates, 19 Semi-Finalists, 30 Candidates

17 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 21 Semi-Finalists, 23 Candidates

14 Fellows, 2 Alternates, 21 Semi-Finalists, 30 Candidates

9 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 14 Semi-Finalists, 28 Candidates

8 Fellows, 2 Alternates, 12 Semi-Finalists, 27 Candidates

5 Fellows, 1 Alternate, 6 Semi-Finalists, 10 Candidates

Fulbright By the Numbers



Since Smith introduced a Fulbright advising program in 2001, candidates have been offered Fulbright fellowships to more than 80 countries.

Fields of Study


Smithies have pursued Fulbright fellowships in more than 40 fields, including agriculture, biology, chemistry, dance, economics, education, engineering and physics.


Top 3

In 16 of the last 17 years, Smith has ranked in the top 3 nationally among liberal arts colleges for the number of Fulbright U.S. student awards.

Fulbright Recipients


More than 300 Smithies have been offered Fulbright awards between 2002 and 2021.