The Samuel Fisher Babbitt Kirkland College Fellowship provides partial support to senior women to assist them in meeting expenses for the first year of work on an advanced degree.

Deadline for application: April 11, 2023

The Samuel Fisher Babbitt Kirkland College Fellowship provides partial support to senior women or Hamilton College alumnae for the first year of work on an advanced degree. 

Eligible applicants have been accepted to a graduate program.

Although proposals for study in any field are accepted, the applicant should explain how her proposed studies would meet the mandate of the Endowment, “to serve the needs and interests of women.”
Applications must include:

  1. An application essay of 1-3 pages that includes information about the applicant’s academic achievements, plans for further study, and financial need.
  2. A letter of support from a Hamilton College faculty member.
  3. A copy of the letter of acceptance from the program at which the applicant intends to study.
  4. Selection criteria include: a history of academic achievement, plans for further study, demonstrated need for support, and applicability to our mandate: “to serve the needs and interests of women.”

Past recipients of The Samuel F. Babbitt Kirkland College Fellowship have received between $3,000 and $5,000, but the funding changes yearly depending upon the endowment and the number of students who receive the award.

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2023 Recipients

  • Bitong (Shelly) Cao ’23, Master of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Fatima Oliva ’23, Master’s in Climate Science and Policy, Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability
  • Natalie Rubin ’20
  • Hazel Schrader ’23, M.S. in Applied Plant Science, University of Minnesota
  • Sara Shedroff ’23
  • Tenzin Sherpa ’23, M.A. in Climate and Society, Columbia University
  • Anika Toullos ’23
  • Zihan (Arianna) Chai ’23

  • Josephine Dine ’22, Urban and Regional Planning MURP program, UCLA
  • Maya Figliuolo ’22, Masters/Educational Specialist program in Counselor Education, University of Florida
  • Meredith Jones ’19, School Psychology (MEd) program, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Anokhi Manchanda ’22, University of Miami School of Law
  • Ha (Jenny) Tran ’22, Master’s in Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Diamond Jackson ’21
  • Guadeloupe (Lupita) Cabanillas ’21
  • Savannah Kelly ’21
  • Kimberly Lifton’20, M.Phil. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Cambridge University
  • Risper Kirui ’19, M.D., Georgetown University
  • Kyra Ganswith ’19, Albany Law School
  • Liz Lvov ’17
  • Katherine Bickmore ’15
  • Katherine Goldman ’14, Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Karen G. Johnston ’89, Master of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School
  • Ashley Sutton ’13, Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Rutgers University
  • Meghan Woolley ’13, graduate studies in medieval and gender history, St. Andrews College
  • Lydia Rono ’11, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Princeton University


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Michelle LeMasurier and Claire Mouflard

Co-Chairs, Kirkland Endowment Advisory Committee 23-24

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