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Awards to study foreign languages

Smith students have tremendous opportunities to study multiple languages and culture through courses and other opportunities on campus, at other Five Colleges, and via the Five College Center for World Languages. There are also multiple ways to continue studies of language and culture off campus and abroad.

Opportunities for US citizens

  • The U.S. Department of State provides a comprehensive resource for information on language scholarships and training programs offered by the federal government, available now at
  • Programs of note are:

Boren Scholarship – Smith undergrads (must be planning to be a Smith student in F2021 to be eligible) have been competitive candidates for the summer program for STEM majors – application deadline Feb. 3, 2021

Critical Language Scholarship – intensive language and cultural immersion abroad – summer program – application deadline Nov. 17, 2020.

Fulbright US Student Program – alums eligible, too! – one year abroad in arts, research, study, or English Teaching Assistantship – make your plans now and reach out to an adviser to talk about your application for 2022-23 or a later year

Gilman International Scholarship/Critical Need Language Award – For undergrads with financial need (Pell Grant recipients) – Virtual and in person programs are eligible – Especially relevant for summer study or internship abroad and study of 15 critical languages – Next deadline (includes for Summer 2021) is in March 2021

Opportunities for US citizens and international students

  • The Middlebury Language Schools immersion programs offer opportunities for intensive study in many languages – partial need-based funding and some merit funding opportunities are available – pay particular attention to the Davis Fellows for Peace merit award – December 15, 2020 is application deadline to be considered for merit funding
  • DAAD Summer Course Grant provides funding for 3-4 weeks of coursework at a German university in courses which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany – sophomores, juniors, seniors may apply – application deadline is December 1, 2020

Opportunity for advanced language learners in Asian languages

  • Seniors and alums may be eligible to apply for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for one academic year of intensive, full-time advanced Asian language study in an Asian university – open to US citizens and permanent residents – graduate students also may apply – application deadline is December 30, 2020

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2018-19 Successes

The Fellowships Program based in the Lazarus Center for Career Development supports students who apply for a wide range of fellowships and competitive awards. This year, about 60 students and alumnae have applied for 27 separate awards, several still waiting for the outcomes of their applications.

Six current students were nominated for graduate fellowships, including Beinecke, Marshall, and Truman. Five juniors were nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship and Udall Scholarships. Six sophomore STEM Posse students applied and four were finalists for the Jeff Ubben Posse Award, a completion designed to encourage academically excellent students to articulate their leadership skills and ambitions. Both of Smith’s nominees for the Carnegie Junior Fellowship, a highly competitive opportunity to work with top researchers on international policy, were interviewed as finalists. Two seniors reached the finalist stage in the Lead for America Fellowship competition. Congratulations to each student who took the important step of applying for a competitive award, with a special shout out to the individuals who reached the finalist stage of their competitions.

Awardees to date:

Congratulations to all awardees. Thank you to each and every member of the Smith College community who supported all of our applicants and awardees!

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