The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Opportunity Grants

Proposal Overview

The purpose of this program is to provide support to undergraduate students in pursuit of academically valuable and pertinent opportunities that arise. These opportunities need not be part of a student's curricular program, but should be academically respectable. The most common use of this grant is to present research at a conference. Support can be given up to $1,500. Students can request a per diem to cover food and ground transportation. The per diem for the 2016-2017 year is $55.00 per night. This mirrors the per diem faculty receive when attending a professional conference. 

Examples of relevant activities include:

  • Professional conference attendance where the student is the presenting author. Priority will be given to students presenting their work at a conference.
  • Attendance at uniquely significant art or theatre exhibition
  • Acquisition of an academic resource which will remain property of Reed.

Items not eligible for an Opportunity grant:


A completed application will consist of:

  • Budget form (PDF fillable form).
  • One page proposal that reflects the general practices of the discipline.
    • Include abstract (if applicable).
  • Evaluative letter from a faculty sponsor.

Application Procedure

The applicant will upload their Opportunity Grant Application and Budget Form online. Link to online Opportunity Grant application. The faculty sponsor must review the entire grant application and provide an evaluative letter of support, which can be uploaded online or emailed directly to Jolie Griffin, URC Administrator, at The sponsor must also confirm that an attempt has been made to secure department funding. Only proposals from students in good academic standing at the College will be considered. 

After the Undergraduate Research Committee has made award decisions, applicants will be notified by email. Please note: if a conference happens before the grant deadline you are applying to, if funded, the grant award can be used to retroactively reimburse your expenses. There is no guarantee that an applicant will receive a grant.

For more information on eligibility or any questions about the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jolie Griffin ( 

There are five deadlines for consideration:

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00pm
  • Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:00pm
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:00pm
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00pm
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00noon

For seniors who wish to present thesis research at conferences taking place shortly after graduation, applications must be submitted by the June 1 deadline.

Applications received after a specified deadline will not be considered until the next deadline. 

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours are on hiatus for the summer and will return for fall semester. CLBR is open all summer and you can schedule appointments with an advisor.


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