Kathryn Leebron
Smyth Award

The Kathryn Leebron Smyth Award provides $5,000 in funding to students for language study abroad. Funding is allotted for proposals to study languages not available at Rice University or language study above a level offered at Rice University. Funding may be applied to courses or language immersion programs. 

As long as COVID is affecting travel, applicants may propose remote language learning.

Deadline : Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Funding Available : The Kathryn Leebron Smyth Award offers up to $5,000.  

Where you can study/travel : Global options

Who is eligible : Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni/ae are eligible to apply for the Wagoner. ***Note: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will administer selection of graduate students for the Wagoner Scholarship and that information is here. Returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Leebron-Smyth award. 

How to apply :

  • 1 page, single-spaced personal statement
  • 2 page, single-spaced statement of purpose that describes your project and addresses how it will enhance your academic development
  • Annotated budget with a summary of additional financial resources and pending scholarship applications
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Provide documentation for intended formal language study


Selection Process : Faculty committee will review applications and shortlist candidates. Multiple winners selected.

Contact : Dr. Danika Burgess Brown (danika@rice.edu)