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Alternate Scholarship Resources

Updated 9/11/15

Sponsored by Smith

The Fellowships Program itself does not run a formal process on campus for the fellowships in this section, but they are still sponsored in various ways at Smith. Some still require applicants to register with the Fellowships Program (see Smith Registration for Fellowships) in order to be permitted to enter the competition. Alternatively, although you may not be applying through the Fellowships Program as such, we could still offer guidance with applications. Should this be a service you desire, you would need to complete a Smith Program Registration Form in order to gain access to this support, even though you will not be part of the formal Smith Fellowships Program process.

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Alumnae Scholarships from Smith

Seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of graduate study are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are based on merit as determined by the student's record, letters from her faculty and the recommendation of her department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 15 and is available for download at https://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.

1.) Clara Willoughby Davidson Memorial Fund ~ One scholarship awarded for the 1st year of graduate study in a course of advanced study in the field of "Biblical Literature or Philosophy of Religion."

2) Jean Fine Spahr Fund ~ "Two graduate fellowships assigned to graduates of Smith College for the first year of graduate study at an approved university, in the US or abroad." Restricted to two awards per year; no departmental restriction.

3) Edna Hunkemeir Fund ~ Scholarship awarded to student(s) entering their 1st year of graduate study in the field of music.

For non-Smith resources you're welcome to use the materials on the "money" shelves at the Career Development Office library. The CDO also offers resources online. In addition, it's always good to see what resources the graduate school itself is suggesting.

British Universities & Funding


The Guardian's interactive guide to universities and colleges is the most comprehensive source of information on the UK's academic sector.
The default setting for these tables is to rank them according to a Guardian score, but you can also set the tables to weigh the criteria you feel are most important, to create your personalized rankings, you can look at universities within a band of tariff scores of most interest to you, and you can view just the student data.



The Churchill Scholarships offer American students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue one year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics or the sciences at the University of Cambridge.
The Winston Churchill Foundation pays tuition, all University and College fees, a travel allowance for visa fees and roundtrip airfare from the United States, as well as a living allowance.
The current values of the allowances can be found on the Winston Churchill Foundation website: http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/award.html.

Further information is also available here: http://www.science.smith.edu/student-opportunities/scholarships-and-fellowships/scholarships-nominations/churchill-scholarship/

Detailed instructions for applying can be found at

For more information please contact

Dr. Margaret Lamb
Adminstrative Director
Clark Science Center Administration
McConnell Hall 214

Daad Undergrad and Young Ambassadors

DAAD Undergrad

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, by its German acronym) is the largest international exchange organization in the world, supporting nearly 75,000 people each year. It is a private, publicly funded organization of higher education institutions in Germany.

Since many of the traditional transatlantic scholarship programs in higher education are aimed at graduate students, DAAD wanted to offer opportunities for undergraduate students and launched the EDU.de Program in 2000.

EDU.de is aimed at students who want to spend part of their third or fourth year of college in Germany. The grantees stay anywhere from a semester to a full academic year, either to study, for internships, or senior thesis research.

Contact Donald Andrew at dandrew@smith.edu for essential information regarding your application.

DAAD Young Ambassadors

DAAD Young Ambassadors are undergraduate students from North America who have recently studied in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home institutions. DAAD has 20 spots available for students from all over the US and Canada to help demonstrate to their peers what makes Germany such a unique and attractive destination for study abroad.

DAAD Young Ambassadors are responsible for organizing at least one event per semester on their campuses to promote study in Germany.
Additionally, they will collaborate with their universities' study abroad offices and other German institutions in their areas to inform their fellow students on educational and research opportunities in Germany. There are short profiles of the Young Ambassadors on the DAAD website, and they are available for email inquiries about their respective German host universities, study abroad programs or about life as a student in Germany as general.

Although students may apply directly to DAAD to become a Young Ambassador, special preference will be given to candidates nominated by their university's study abroad office. (Only one student should be nominated per college or university.)

Complete program information, including application and nomination forms, is available at

Government Department Summer Internship Funds

The Department of Government offers an annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship of between $300 and $800, made possible by her bequest and through the generosity of family members, and intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-government/profit or non-profit international organizations.

The Department of Government also offers an annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by the generosity of her father, Harold Young, and intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (government or non-government) focused on issues of particular concern to women.

More information and applications for both can be found on the department page

All students are invited to apply. Deadline is the beginning of April. Forms are available at the main Wright Hall office, Room 15.

Humanity in Action Summer Fellowship

Annual International Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Dear Fellowships Coordinator,

I am a Smith College alum (Class of 2001), and I am writing to alert you to a fantastic international summer Fellowship opportunity for Smith students. I was a Fellow on the Humanity In Action (HIA) program in 2001, and it was one of the most intellectually challenging and personally rewarding experiences of my life.

Through its programs, HIA seeks to nurture an international and intergenerational community of people committed to protecting minorities and improving human rights. Each summer, HIA funds thirty American students to participate in six-week educational programs that run concurrently in Copenhagen, Berlin and Amsterdam.

These programs give fellows an unparalleled look at historical and contemporary human rights and minority rights issues in Europe. Ten Americans team with ten Dutch, Danish or German students in each country, and spend a month attending classes on holocaust history, refugee issues, multiculturalism, pluralism, and other human rights and minority rights issues.

Presenters in each country include prominent leaders in Government, NGO's, philanthropists, journalists, and scientists. At the end of the programs, teams of Fellows write and present reports on minority issues in the three European host countries and do independent follow-up projects in their home countries which the Fellows design themselves. The reports are later published by HIA, and all program costs for the Fellowship are covered by HIA.

If Fellows successfully complete the program and choose to continue their involvement with the HIA community, there are many wonderful post-Fellowship opportunities and internships available as well.

HIA works with a consortium of American and European universities and in cooperation with the EPIIC program at Tufts University and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. HIA Board members include Mary Maples Dunn, Daniel Goldhagen, Peter Schuck, and Samantha Power.

I know you may be ensconced in course preparation for next semester, but please take the time to forward this on to other faculty members, and, most importantly, to talented students in any discipline - whom you think might be good candidates for the program. We encourage anyone with a passion for the issues we address to apply, as we seek a diverse group of applicants who can lend unique perspectives to often intense and rigorous discussions. The program covers thought-provoking subject matter and has a very demanding schedule, and students are often in situations with very high-level figures in the global human rights and political arena. Therefore, we are looking for students who are intelligent, engaging, emotionally mature, and able to negotiate the difficult and sometimes very personal challenges that come up on such a program.

The application deadline is in February.

Applications may be downloaded from the website http://www.humanityinaction.org, where you can also find a great deal of additional information. I would be happy to answer any questions you or your students might have. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from a great pool of Smith applicants this year!


Molly Curren '01
(617) 783-4163

Molly Curren Bio:

I graduated cum laude from Smith in 2001 with a major in Religion and Biblical Literature and a self-designed minor in Holocaust Studies. I took part in the HIA fellowship in Holland during the summer of 2001. I am currently Coordinator for the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and I am a member of both the Selection Committee and the Advisory Board of Humanity in Action.

From a 2003 Fellow: I needed two letters of recommendation, and I had to write two essays and send a resume and transcript for the application. All the short listed candidates went through a phone interview conducted by someone from HIA's board of directors.

Middle East Languages Summer Grant

Stipends available for language study in the Middle East


The Middle East Studies Committee is able to support students who are planning to study one of the languages of the Middle East and North Africa (e.g. Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Farsi, Berber) during summer session. The support is made possible by an endowed gift of Leila Wilson '34. Applications will be made available in the main Wright Hall office, Room 15. The deadline is in early March.

National Flagship Language Program

The National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) offers advanced training in target languages to reach professional working proficiency.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum proficiency in the language they are applying for, and must have completed their undergraduate degree by the start of the program.
Boren Scholars are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The target languages are Arabic, Central Asian Turkic languages, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian.

The program covers all academic expenses, including travel costs and a stipend for living expenses (varies by program).
The program is structured in two one-year components. The first is intensive language study at a domestic flagship institution.
The second year is spent in an immersion program overseas. In rare cases of exceptional language ability, the first year can be bypassed.
Participants in this program may not pursue a graduate degree concurrently.

The NFLP has a service agreement of two years (or duration of support) in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or Intelligence, preferably using their language skills.

More information about this program can be found at

National Science Foundation

Among the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs of interest to graduate students is the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. Through this program the NSF seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.

The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is of interest to individuals interested in graduate education in science, mathematics, and engineering. With 900 awards made by NSF in 2003, nearly 1 in 7 applicants were offered an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Applicants who demonstrate good research experience and strong faculty support have traditionally been successful in the competition.

By visiting the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201 students may access the Guidelines for Submission of Applications for the competition, view a sample-rating sheet used in the review of fellowship applications, and link to the electronic application process via NSF's FastLane system.

Application materials should be submitted via FastLane according to the schedule on the website's program guidelines (dependent on proposed graduate field of study). Deadlines fall in early November.

Also available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201 are copies of the Suggestions for the Proposed Plan of Research and Faculty Mentoring of Potential Applicants. These documents provide information regarding the Proposed Plan of Research, which is a significant component of the application, and the role faculty mentors can play for applicants. Both documents will assist in supporting applicants to this program.

Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards.

The ORAU/NSF Fellowship Operations office can be reached via electronic mail nsfgrfp@orau.gov via telephone toll free at (866) 353-0905. Please feel free to contact them with any questions.

For NSF fellowships, contact the Clark Science Center: Administrative Director Margaret Lamb, McConnell Hall 214, (413)585-3802, mlamb@smith.edu

Presidential Fellows Program

Contact Marc Lendler for more information.


This is for seniors and graduate students.

The Center for the Study of the Presidency, founded in 1965, is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization serving as a central resource on issues affecting the modern Presidency. As the foremost organization in the United States dedicated to this effort, the Center endeavors to study all aspects of the American Presidency, to strengthen the Executive-Legislative Branch relationship, and to encourage public service, especially among young Americans.

The Center Fellows Program is a unique non-resident educational initiative offering 65 select undergraduate and graduate students from leading colleges and universities, a year-long opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive's relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. Our goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.

Fellows come to Washington, D.C. for personal briefings by national media representatives, for networking opportunities with decision-makers, and for a chance to learn firsthand about the policymaking process.

This unique Fellowship requires that each student research, write, and present an original paper on an issue of the modern Presidency that will be published by the Center. The Center provides Mentors drawn from the public policy community and government to help the Fellows define their proposals and also support the writing and editing of an article that is brought to publishing standards during the academic year.

Nominations: Nominations by faculty or administrators for the Presidential Fellows Program starting in the fall must be received via mail or fax by mid-March of the same year (see scholarship website for exact dates). Nominations must include the following:
  • Letter from faculty member/administrator stating the student's ability to participate
  • Student's resume
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, and summer mailing address
Although the foundation website claims that colleges pay transportation costs, Smith students are themselves responsible for this. Both the President's Office and the Dean of the College's Office have travel funds that may cover some of these expenses.

Rotary World Peace Scholarship

The program for the Rotary World Peace Scholars is focused on peace and conflict resolution.
Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

They do not recommend that recent graduates apply because they want people who have real-world experience of at least 2-4 years before applying.

Click here to go to the Rotary website for more information.

Rotary World Peace Scholar Elektra Gorski '99 is the first Smith alumna to receive the Rotary World Peace Scholarship, which will enable her to complete an M.A. in Public Administration in Tokyo, Japan from 2003-2005. She will be representing Rotary District 7620, comprising most of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Since the program for the Rotary World Peace Scholars is focused on peace and conflict resolution, Elektra will have some core courses related to those areas, but the flexibility of the program will allow her to take classes in law, religion, business, and culture. She will be leaving July 2003 to begin an optional six-week Intensive Japanese Language Program offered at the University. Elektra has been with the Peace Corps in the Cape Verde Islands.

Smith International Experience Grant
Smith College Funding Sources


Summer Abroad Opportunities Fair
Do you want to study abroad this summer? Go to the fair on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Campus Center 102, 103/104 to learn about exciting summer programs through Smith, Five Colleges, and organizations from around the world. The fair will also include funding workshops, at 12:15 p.m.and at 1:15 p.m. in Campus Center 205, to provide information about resources for your summer experiences such as International Experience Grants, Intensive Summer Language Study, and International Praxis.

Soros New Americans


Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards thirty Fellowships to immigrants, and the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate education in the United States. Each award is worth up to $90,000 (up to $25,000/year stipend; up to $20,000/year tuition support). Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field, including the visual and performing arts, and at any graduate degree-granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs. In addition to funding, Fellows join a community of over 500 New Americans with family origins in over 75 different countries.

In order to qualify, a candidate must meet all three of the following criteria:
  • Status as a New America: If an applicant was born abroad as a non-US citizen, then they must have been naturalized, a green card holder, or be a DACA recipient. Or, if an applicant was born in the US, or was born abroad as a US Citizen, both parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens, and one (or more) parents must have become naturalized citizens.
  • Age: Eligible applicants cannot have passed their 31st birthday as of November 1 of application year.
  • Academic Standing: Must at least be a college senior at the time of application, or if an applicant is in a graduate program for which support is being sought, they cannot have started a third or subsequent year of that program. If an eligible applicant is not already in a graduate program, they must apply for admission to a qualifying program for full-time study in the next academic year.

  • and,

  • Give evidence of the following three attributes:
    1. A history of demonstrated and sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality and initiative;
    2. An argument that the proposed graduate training is likely to enhance future creativity and accomplishment, and that that accomplishment is likely to persist and grow; and,
    3. A commitment to responsible citizenship, in accordance with the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
For further information and application materials or to apply online, visit http://www.pdsoros.org.

For Soros application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.
Contact: pdsoros@pdsoros.org
Twitter & Instagram: @PDSoros
Facebook www.Facebook.com/PDSoros

Teach and Learn in Korea

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, & Technology in their efforts to promote international exchange and to bring more American students to Korea.

IIE will be assisting the Korean government in publicizing and recruiting for the "Teach and Learn in Korea" (TaLK) Program which is a study abroad opportunity that is open to both undergraduate students and recent college graduates. The TaLK Program is supported by funds 300 TaLK Scholars each semester to teach conversational English in rural Korean elementary schools. The program provides a 1-month orientation for the TaLK Scholars in addition to round-trip airfare, a settling-in allowance, a monthly living stipend of approximately $1,300, health insurance and organized trips to historical locations in Korea.

Given the generous terms of the program this is a unique type of study abroad opportunity which can provide international experience for students with financial need who might not otherwise be able to go overseas.

The TaLK Program website can be found at: http://www.talk.go.kr/. Applications must be submitted by June for the term beginning in August 2011 and by December for the term beginning in February 2012. Additional information for the program is available via e-mail request to talkkoreapr@gmail.com.

Teaching in China

The China Project


Graduating seniors are eligible to apply for a specialized year-long fellowship in Nanjing, China, teaching English to Chinese college students at Ginling College and Nanjing Normal University for the academic year. This is a paid fellowship providing a monthly salary, housing and a supportive environment. Fellowship teachers are required to teach four classes three times a week in converstion and grammar, meet with students, and develop lesson plans and teaching units. Class size ranges from 20-40 students. Previous experience tutoring or teaching and knowledge of Chinese and Chinese culture is helpful.

CSO, Smith College and Ginling College share a rich history and relationship dating back to 1926. Ginling College is one of the few women's colleges in China.

Applications will be available during interterm. Contact Tiertza-leah Schwartz, Director of Voluntary Services, via email tschwart@smith.edu if you are interested in receiving additional information in January. The application deadline is February 9th.

Vose Scholarship in American Art

January 2003

Senior Kate Dempsey, who is writing an honors thesis, has just been awarded the Robert C. Vose Jr. and Ann Peterson Vose Scholarship in American art. Forty colleges and universities in New England (including Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams, Yale....) are invited each year to nominate one undergraduate or graduate student studying American art.

Kate beat them all, and she will receive a scholarship check for $1500. This is the first time, we believe, that a Smith student has won this honor.