Introduction to the Program
Alumnae & Graduates
ALL of the graduate fellowships offered to Smith seniors are open to alumnae: Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes. Each of these eight fellowships has its own restrictions.
Please check your eligibility on this and the foundation websites.
For the Luce, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes, eligible alumnae apply through Smith because it is the colleges that MUST select and endorse applicants considered suitable and competitive.
Alumnae attending graduate school must apply through the school in which they are currently enrolled unless they have just recently begun there, in which case they may be able still to apply through Smith.
For the Fulbright and Gates, bachelor-degree-level alumnae mostly apply directly to the foundations as per their websites.
For the Fulbright, this is called applying "At Large" to I.I.E. (Institute of International Education).
The CDO could be contacted for possible help with reviewing applications although their services are limited to only more recent graduates.
For Fulbrights, alumnae attending graduate school apply through the school in which they are currently enrolled.
Alumnae with graduate degrees may be able to apply through the university where they earned their graduate degree but are not allowed to apply through Smith because they may apply only through the last school they attended unless that school does not sponsor fellowship applicants, in which case Smith may be able to sponsor.
A few years ago, the Smith Fellowships Program, which is staffed by one Fellowships Advisor to handle current undergraduates only, made an exception to existing policy by allowing an alumna to apply for a Fulbright through Smith as a favor.
This was because this former student had already applied successfully through Smith for another major fellowship while still an undergraduate and was well known to the Fellowships Program to which this alumna had additionally contributed valuable assistance voluntarily on a number of occasions.
What began as this one exception was then the following year extended to a few other alumnae who asked to apply through Smith instead of applying At Large and seeking help from the CDO, which had previously always been the practice.
Each year thereafter, the number of alumnae applying for Fulbrights through Smith grew incrementally.
Finally, the numbers reached such proportions that the flood of alumnae overextended our Fulbright effort to the detriment of current undergraduates.
The Fellowships Program was forced to revert to official policy and no longer make exceptions.
Alumnae working on campus (or living close enough to meet for consultations) and all Smith graduate students can however still be accommodated in the Fellowships Program to enjoy the advantages of applying through Smith, as can seniors who miss the October submission deadline, but who then must begin their Fulbright applications in November of their senior year and have their applications substantially completed before they leave campus after graduation in May, for final submission the following October.
This later option for seniors is not recommended as it will be to a senior's disadvantage not to submit her application during the fall of her senior year.
NSEP offers in addition to the Undergraduate Boren Scholarship, the Boren Graduate International Fellowship but as this is for those enrolled in graduate programs, alumnae apply through their graduate school, not through Smith.
A senior wishing to use this fellowship during the first year of graduate school still needs to apply in conjunction with her prospective graduate school.