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1983 Developing World Fund

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to students studying abroad in a developing world country to continue their experience abroad through an internship or volunteer experience in that country the following summer. This program helps Smith students to gain a better understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty and learn about solutions for alleviating it.

This fund has been established through the generosity of several women from the class of 1983 who have worked or lived in the developing world.


This merit competition is not based on financial need.

Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a dedication to serving the poor in the developing world and who express in their proposal a clear vision for translating that dedication into service that fosters peace, justice and sustainable development.


Report and Presentation Requirements

A student who receives this award agrees to write to the donors and tell them of their experience and to give a presentation about their experience to their classmates or housemates during the following fall semester. Recipients must also account for their expenses, up to the amount of the award, by submitting an expense report (DOC) via email within one week of returning to campus.

Application Deadlines

Applications are due March 9, 2015 by e-mail to the program coordinator in the Office for International Study.

How to Apply

  1. Application cover page (XLS)
  2. 500–800 word, double-spaced essay outlining the objectives for your project, describing the importance to you academically, personally and professionally, including your goals for the summer and your relevant preparation.
  3. List all previous international experiences with duration, location and purpose of your travel.
  4. Résumé
  5. Letter of recommendation: one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is affiliated with your study abroad program and is familiar with your proposal. Letters can be sent by e-mail directly to the program coordinator in the Office for International Study.
  6. Letter of invitation from your internship sponsor, in English, specifying the dates and duration for your internship/volunteer position, describing your duties and daily schedule and any remuneration.
  7. Description of the organization: write a paragraph describing the organization, and give url if organization has a Web site.
  8. Budget worksheet (instructions) that includes program or project costs, room and board, travel to the site, local travel, visa costs and incidental expenses.

Please note: The student's academic records will also be reviewed.