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Competitive Scholarships – Smith College Nominations Required

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.

Junior and Seniors: 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 2016 graduate school application to Cambridge due date is Oct. 12, 2016 and scholarship application is due on November 10, 2016. The 2017 due dates will be timed similarly. Internal application for nomination by Smith in Fall 2017 are due October 28, 2016. 

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 October 28, 2016 and for Udall nomination November 29, 2016.

Nomination Required: To be considered for each of the competitive scholarships, a student must first apply for nomination by Smith College. Here’s the link to the application form (pdf of QualtricsNominations2016 and instructions). Once nominated, a student will complete the formal application for the particular scholarship and compete with the nominees of other schools for awards.

Flyer for Opportunities Coordinated by Science Center: COMPETITIVE_FELLOWSHIPS_SciCtr_SEP2016

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 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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