What We Do

We advise Smith students and recent alumnae who wish to apply for competitive national and international fellowships. Our approach – information, advice, and encouragement, work with candidates and their mentors – adopts the “by design” approach of the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Fellowship applications are part of career development. We seek to enable students and alums to imagine and create future pathways that fulfill their passions, fit their educational, career, and life goals, and manifest the Smith spirit of doing well to do good in the world.

The Fellowships Program

Start by exploring. Express interest; get feedback; build credentials; make connections. Then focus. Refine choices, identify "your" fellowships; start planning; consult advisers. Active fellowship candidates who are admitted to the program and begin to use Moodle will spend time understanding fellowship requirements in detail, drafting parts of application for feedback, lining up recommenders, and - finally - completing the formal applications.

Fellowships exploration starts with introduction to relevant opportunities through our website and conversation with fellowships advisers and other campus mentors. When a fellowships plan takes shape and is agreed with the individual and their advisers, the candidate begins work on Moodle, completing a series of exercises under fellowships adviser supervision in preparation for making fellowship applications.

Fellowships that require Smith College nomination or endorsement involve a longer period of advising and preparation. Some require formal application for a Smith College nomination.