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Introduction to Enquiry level

(Updated 7/8/20)

After doing the reading below (including the links on the left and right side of this page) submit your short answers to the quick questions at



  1. Welcome
  2. Fulbright Mission
  3. Act Now: Time is the Single Most Important Factor
  4. Margaret Lamb: Your Fulbright Contact
  5. Enquiry Form Questions
  6. Help is Here
  7. Inspiration
  8. Alumnae/Ada Comstock/Grad-Student Applications
  9. Next Step

Apply for a Fulbright and watch yourself
G R O W   I N   M U L T I P L E   W A Y S
through the process.


Greetings and congratulations on your interest in our Fast Track to becoming a candidate for this exciting fellowship, the Fabulous Fulbright that can take you to one of 150 countries for a year after graduating from Smith to do whatever you wish to propose, including teaching English, for an invaluable experience that will leave an indelibly positive impression for the rest of your life.

We assume you are acquainted with Smith's tremendous success in producing distinguished Fulbright Fellows (if not, click here to learn more: www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php). You are exceedingly fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to have the best possible chance to win a prestigious and lucrative Fulbright Fellowship that will stand you in good stead in the world and open doors to a meaningful career of fulfilling purpose and enriching reward.

This website is systematically designed to be read in a methodical way following the order in which the information is presented. Every next step is explained so there's no guess-work, no intuitive clicking recommended. If you jump around, you may get lost, confused or overwhelmed. Worse, you'll risk missing vital information. Trust our knowledgeable, winning process.

There is quite a bit of reading, especially in the beginning, to be properly informed. Unfortunately, that can make the Fulbright process look longer and harder than it is. Once you get over the "front-loaded" hump, the going gets easier, like pedaling up a hill and then cycling along a plateau.

Don't be intimidated in the beginning and put off plunging in, because starting earlier makes everything easier and increases your chances of winning. When you're done, you will join many before you who have gleefully hit the "That Was Easy" button on Margaret Lamb's desk! 

The Smith Fulbright website is a step-by-step manual you follow, a digital stairway to Fulbright success. Just follow the instructions and trust the process. Juniors, Sophomores and First-Years are guided accordingly.

Steps 1 & 2 are easy:

  1. Read everything on this page in order.
  2. Complete the Enquiry Form (www.smith.edu/fulbright/questions.php) and submit your answers, which will automatically go to Margaret Lamb.


You know a Fulbright will allow you to give to the world while benefitting yourself from an extraordinary experience building bridges of understanding between nations toward peace on earth.

As outlined by Senator Fulbright, the purpose of the program is threefold:

  1. To promote mutual understanding through a commitment to the free flow of ideas and people across national boundaries.
  2. To expand, through this understanding, the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception.
  3. Through cooperation in constructive activities among people of different nations, to create true and lasting world peace.

This is truly the chance of a lifetime! If you can see yourself in this role (or if you would like to), now's the time to get started—no matter your current academic year or grad school or job/career plans.

Ready? Set? Go!

Some stall before they start because they erroneously believe they need to start with information that really is not necessary at the beginning. You do NOT need to have a research project concept before you can proceed. You do NOT need to have chosen a country to go to. You do NOT need to speak a foreign language. You do NOT even need to know whether you want to do an English Teaching Fulbright or a Research/Study Fulbright.

Just take the first step of submitting the Fulbright Enquiry Form www.smith.edu/fulbright/questions.php and a whole new world of about 350 varied options—including unimagined possibilities—will be opened to you!

The magic of our program is that you can go in without a single plan in place, not even the vaguest idea, at the start. You will be led through a process that will unveil possibilities you would not have imagined on your own.


It is immensely important to start your Fulbright Enquiry as soon as possible in your Smith College career. You can begin as early as your First-Year, and you must start before your Senior year, preferably by Spring Break of your Junior year. Even if you aren't sure you want to do a Fulbright, it is smart to explore your options early. There are multiple impelling reasons to start your Fulbright Enquiry early:

All you have to do to begin is complete the Fulbright Enquiry Form ( www.smith.edu/fulbright/questions.php). It's quick and easy!

What are the risks of waiting?

If you wait until your Senior year to start your Fulbright application, you will be shut out of applying. Generally, the longer you wait, the more likely you are to:

All of the above situations lead to the same result: Impossibly pressed for time, you get squeezed out of the application process. Be sure you know what to do and when to do it so this does not happen to you! Don't wait until it's too late to begin your Fulbright application! Follow our advice and begin your Fulbright process early.

When is the best time to start?

Early. First-Years and Sophomores give themselves the most time and the best opportunities. You should start the process by at least the early spring of your Junior year to allow yourself time to establish good working relationships with the professor who will serve as your faculty mentor and as your consultants, and also with your central point-person, Margaret Lamb. Starting by Spring Break of your Junior year also gives you time to strengthen the skills you need for the Fulbright you choose (e.g., teaching experience or language skills).

Here is a solid sequence of Fulbright involvement (though there are other options too):

First Year

Familiarize yourself with course offerings and research opportunities. Submit Fulbright Enquiry Form after the fall semester (once you have a Smith GPA). Begin our Preparations Level. Remember: Fellowships reward specialization.


Choose your major/s and minor/s. Plan study away or campus research for your Junior year. Start to become an expert in some subject. Develop useful skills. Complete our Fulbright Preparations Level and begin the Registration Level.


Study abroad or conduct research. Make post-graduation career plans. Take on leadership positions in campus organizations. Complete our Fulbright Registration Level and begin the Application Level

Rising Senior

Complete nearly all of the Fulbright Application by the summer before your Senior year. Dovetail with other plans, such as Special Studies or Honors Thesis, a Kahn Institute project, grad school applications, teaching certifications.

Want to learn more? Here's how:

4. Margaret Lamb:

Smith's official FPA (Fulbright Program Advisor) is Margaret Lamb, the college's Director of the Fulbright Program. Appointments to speak in person on campus or via FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype, or phone, are made directly with the FPA via your Smith email to fulbright@smith.edu.

Margaret will give you the profitable advice you need to get ahead with your Fulbright. Establish a relationship with her and keep her informed about where you are in the process from the time you submit your Fulbright Enquiry Form, through our Preparations and Registration processes (those come later), and after you are admitted to Smith's Fulbright application-support program.

Email Margaret updates about your Fulbright ideas, your progress (or lack of it), your Fulbright aspirations or concerns. If you keep him abreast of where you are in the process, she can see how best to work with your situation.

If you are stuck, bogged down, or you hit a brick wall, let her know. She can help you figure a way to overcome problems and find a way to the realistic, feasible Fulbright of your achievable dreams.

Ask her questions. Seek her out for clarifications. She can help you best if you keep yourself on his radar.

When emailing Margaret, always include the full thread of your and his previous messages in your emails so the conversation can be followed. She is usually exchanging emails with about 100 students at any one time. Having your entire email thread (regardless of the duration between emails) is essential for him to help you.


After reading this page and the links off the top left and top right corners of it, answer the questions on our brief Fulbright Enquiry Form:


This form is how you will introduce yourself to us so we can help you decide what's best for you.

NOTE: Alumnae, Ada Comstock Scholars and Graduate Students have a few additional questions on the Enquiry Form. More details about alumnae applications can be found in section
8. Alumnae/Ada Comstock/Grad-Student Applications later on this page.)

Your form will introduce us to you and your Fulbright aspirations. This quick expression of interest will get you on our speedy Fast Track right away!

Remember: Speed is of the essence. The main reason students fail to complete a Fulbright application in time is because they delay starting the process for too long.

All you have to do is take the first step and answer the Enquiry Form questions.


We are here to help every step of the way, but first you must help yourself by submitting your Enquiry Form as soon as possible. We cannot start to help you until we receive your Enquiry Form.

At this stage, nothing is fixed in stone. The sooner you start the process, the more options you have! Make a start, even if it is a tentative one. Just dip your big toe in the water.

Still not sure?

Talking to Margaret Lamb might help you as you soul-search and ponder your life aims. She can help you review what you have already accomplished, discuss what is important to you, and explain what happens next in the Fulbright process. All she needs is your completed Enquiry Form to help you get started. Send it today!


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
      —Marianne Williamson (quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inauguration presidential speech)

Applying for a Fulbright through Smith, you will develop capacities you did not know you had by tapping resources hidden within yourself. The challenging application process inevitably proves rewarding, even for those applicants who are not selected.

"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."
      —Oprah Winfrey (who built and funds a boarding school for underprivileged girls in South Africa).


The Smith Fulbright Program accepts qualified (as per above) Smith alumnae who are able to participate in at least three consultative or interview sessions over a period of months at a time when the Fulbright Program requires.

If you cannot physically be at the college for these sessions, we will consider conducting them via Skype, WhatsApp or other conferencing software, but you must make arrangements for remote meetings in advance.

Alumnae who are currently attending another higher-educational institution that has a Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) or who have graduated from such an institution must apply for a Fulbright through that institution. If your other institution does not have an FPA, we can consider enquiries case-by-case. We are also open to accepting Smith graduate students who are pursuing post-bac studies, post-doc research, or graduate degrees at Smith.

Graduate students in their first year at a university other than Smith sometimes wish to apply through Smith. This might be possible provided there are professors here who remember and can vouch for you. If you are interested in this option, an interview is required. Email Margaret Lamb (fulbright@smith.edu) for more information.

If you are over 30 years old (Ada Comstock Scholars excepted), or if you graduated more than five years ago, Fulbright no longer considers you a student and you should explore the Fulbright Scholars Program at www.cies.org, which is also for some professionals.

ESL/EFL Teaching Fulbrights typically have fewer restrictions and therefore might be a better choice for alumnae. We encourage alumnae, particularly those who have teaching experience, to consider applying for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Fulbrights. For more information, visit the ETA Programs page on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for one of the countries listed at us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-awards/english-teaching-assistant-awards.


Congratulations! You have finished reading this page. Be sure to check out the links on the top right and left corners of the page, then hurry to submit your Enquiry Form (it will reach Margaret Lamb) so you can get started on the Fast Track to YOUR Fulbright! Just click the link below and off you go!