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Outstanding Achievements

Updated 4/30/15

SMITH College has the strongest U.S. Student Fulbright Program in the country.

• Over the past decade, Smith has won more Fulbright Fellowships than any other liberal arts college in the country.

• Smith's Fulbright success rate (winners to applicants) has over the past decade been the highest in the nation among all top-producing institutions. Smith has exceeded a 50% win rate versus a national average of 17%.

• Since the 2001-02 establishment of its Fellowships Program, Smith has garnered well over 200 Fulbright Fellowship offers.

• With 23 winners out of 42 applicants in the 2012-13 competition year, Smith's success rate was 55 per cent which is more than three times the national average of 17 percent for the competition.

• Compared to all U.S. institutions, Smith ranked 9th nationally for its total number of Fulbright Fellows in 2012-13, frequently producing as many Fulbright Fellows as leading universities with double the number of applicants.

• In 2013, Clarke Knight '13 was named Smith College's first Rhodes Scholar. This was after 35 years when in 1977 women were first allowed to enter the Rhodes competition following a campaign by Smith Professor Peter de Villiers, himself a former Rhodes Scholar and then at Harvard, to have the British Parliament change Rhodes's will that had used the word "men".

• Among the numerous fellowships awarded to Smith students and alumnae since 2001 are:

189 Fulbright Fellowships
33 French Government Teaching Assistantships
15 DAAD Fellows to Germany
14 Boren Scholars
14 Goldwater Scholars
12 Critical Language Scholars
9 DAAD Undergraduate Scholars
9 Gilman Scholars
9 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows
9 Ecole Normale Superieure Fellows to Paris
8 Killam Fellows to Canada
7 Fulbright Scholars (faculty and alumnae)
6 Freeman-Asia Undergraduate Study Abroad Fellows
6 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars
5 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars
4 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders
3 Beckman Scholars
3 Hellenic American Education Foundation Teaching Fellows
3 Humanity in Action Fellows
3 Japan-America Student Conference Delegates
3 Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace
3 Mellon Fellows
2 American India Foundation Service Corps
2 Beinecke Scholars
2 Kinh Bac International School, Vietnam Teaching Fellows
2 Presidential Fellows, Center for the Study of the Presidency    and Congress
2 Rangel Scholars
2 Soros New American Fellows
2 Udall Environmental Fellows
1 Andover Teaching Fellow
1 Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship
1 Bailey Study Abroad Scholarship
1 Bloomberg Fellowship to the Medill School of Journalism
1 Bowman Travel Grant
1 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1 Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellow
1 Clinton Global Initiative Fellow
1 Connecticut Voices for Children Policy Fellow
1 Council on International Educational Exchange Study Abroad    Fellowship
1 DAAD RISE Fellow
1 Dartmouth ASURE Fellow
1 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellow
1 Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellow
1 Four College Biomath Consortium NSF Fellow
1 FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellow
1 Fulbright-Hayes Grant
1 Goldman Sachs Leadership Institute Delegate
1 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research    Opportunity Fellow
1 Indian University Graduate School Dean's Minority Fellow
1 Intramural Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health
1 Insight Collaborative Fellow
1 Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Fellow
1 Iota Sigma Pi Gladys Anderson Emerson Chemistry Scholar
1 Knowles Math Teaching Fellow
1 Luce Scholar
1 National Yiddish Book Center Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
1 NATO (North Atlantic Treay Organization) Fellow
1 New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow
1 NOAA Hollings Scholar
1 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
1 Rhodes Scholar
1 Rotary World Peace Scholar
1 Town of Cambridge Scholar
1 Truman Fellow
1 UNESCO-Fulbright Science & Sustainability Internship in Paris
1 Vose Scholar in American Art History
1 Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished    Student Scholar
1 Wollitzer Scholar
1 Woodrow Wilson Scholar

For a more detail on winners and awards, please see Past Year Achievements and Smith Fulbright Roll of Honor.


In some cases the above statistics do not correspond to those published in the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) because their statistics are not comprehensively accurate since they are only a snapshot of numbers at a particular time shortly before CHE goes to press early fall. Hence CHE figures do not necessarily reflect the final total in any one competition or fellowships year.

Additionally, statistics are reported differently by institutions, including the Institute of International Education (I.I.E.) who are the U.S. Student Fulbright administrators, because the Fulbright has a competition year preceding a subsequent fellowships year, and some institutions quote the competition year while others reference the fellowships year.

Then some institutions include the French Government Teaching Assistantship (FGTA) in their Fulbright count because I.I.E. also run a competition for 50 FGTA awards in tandem with the Fulbright competition. Smith College does not include FGTA awards among its Fulbright numbers because the FGTA is not a Fulbright.

Some Fulbright grants begin up to a year after being offered (about 17 months after the application deadline) with the result that not all grants are ultimately taken up and, in some cases, not all fellowships are completed. Also, sometimes a grant is offered after the CHE figures are published and set in stone so to speak (because I.I.E. simply reproduces the CHE figures on their own website) as if they are the final statement of fact when in truth they can give a false reading of numbers.

For these numerous reasons that can lead to factual errors, Smith sticks to the fixed number of awards offered to ensure accuracy and consistency in reporting its numbers. Comparisons could therefore be calculated differently by other institutions, producing different results, and still be correct based on the criteria each institution uses.