Do you have a very strong academic record? Have you done research in your field? Do you plan to go to graduate school and pursue a career of scientific research? 
If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then you should consider the following opportunites that the Science Center coordinates.

Juniors: You should consider an application for the Churchill Scholarship if you want to study at Cambridge in a science, mathematics, or engineering field. Note the graduate school application to Cambridge due date is in mid-October, before the scholarship application is due in November. Interested candidates should talk with Dr. Margaret Lamb, Fellowships Advisor, Smith College Fellowships Program, no later than early spring semester of junior year.

Sophomores and Juniors:

  • Consider the Goldwater Scholarship if you are interested in graduate school and a career in research in a natural science field: math, science, engineering, and some fields of psychology.
  • Consider the Udall Scholarship if you are passionately interested in an environmental career or have a commitment to improving healthcare or public policy for Native American communities. Students from any relevant major in the College may apply.

Internal applications for Goldwater nomination by Smith College are due in late October/early November.

Nomination Required: To be considered for each of the competitive scholarships, a student must first apply for nomination by Smith College. Once nominated, a student will complete the formal application for the particular scholarship and compete with the nominees of other schools for awards.

Other Opportunities:

  • Smith College’s Fellowships Program works with students across the College who are interested in and willing to meet the challenges of preparing competitive applications for such prestigious opportunities as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell. Smith College nomination or endorsement is required for these opportunities.
  • If you are thinking about graduate school in a STEM research field, also make sure that you know about two competitive opportunities that do not require formal Smith College nomination:  the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program and the Gates Cambridge Fellowship. See further information: and

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