Successes & News
Recent Fellowships Successes
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- Seven Smithies were selected as 2021–22 Fulbright awardees, including three recent alums, who received deferred awards for 2020–21, and an alum who received an award via her graduate school.
- Ariel (Ari) de Fauconberg ’11 finished her first year of doctoral study as a 2020 Gates Cambridge Scholar.
- Idia Irele ’16 was selected as a 2021 Rangel Fellow and recently featured as a Fulbright alum on FulbrightNoir.
- Bella Tseeva ’21 (Chinese Languages and Literatures, Education) was selected as a Yenching Scholar at Peking University’s Yenching Academy. Bella will pursue a master’s degree in Chinese studies, focusing on how the identities and perspectives of selected modern Chinese writers were shaped by study abroad.
- 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.
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.
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.
More than 300 Smithies have been offered Fulbright awards between 2002 and 2021.