Student Fellowships & Awards

The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Eddings Opportunity Grants for English Majors

Eddings Opportunity Grants are funded as part of a generous bequest from David Eddings, class of 1954, and are dedicated to the support of English majors’ research, scholarship, and writing.

Among the kinds of things that will be supported are:

  • Student attendance at professional meetings (which would include travel and per diem expenses).
  • Unusual research expenses for theses (and perhaps even for junior seminar projects).
  • Summer projects, a few of which might involve collaboration with a member of the faculty, but most of which would either have to do with bringing an already written essay (such as part of a completed thesis, or a particularly excellent course paper) into shape for submission to a journal, or for engaging in new research and writing that is especially promising.
  • Up to two creative projects.

Upon completion of the project, recipients will file a report, together with a copy of whatever scholarly or creative work resulted from the project.

By the terms of the bequest, eligibility is restricted to majors in English; awards will normally go to juniors or seniors, and will normally not exceed $3,000.00. Seniors graduating in the spring are eligible for summer support.

Students interested in applying for an Eddings Opportunity Grant must consult with and obtain support from a member of the English department. The formal application process starts with the application (download) and involves a description of the project, together with a budget, and a confidential letter of recommendation from a member of the department. Students should also consider other opportunities for fellowships and grants such as the Initiative Grants, Locher Creative Scholarships, Ruby/Lankford/Mellon, McGill Lawrence Internship, Davis Projects, etc., when appropriate.

There are two opportunities to apply each year, once in the fall, again in the spring, although proposals with a particular urgency will be accepted at other times, on a funds-available, rolling basis. Applications must be submitted to Katie Pelletier, Electronic submissions are preferred.

Fall 2014 deadline is Monday, October 27, 2014, no later than 12 noon. Notification of awards will occur before mid-November 2014.
Spring 2015 deadline is Wednesday, March 11, 2015, no later than 12 noon. Notification of awards will occur before mid-April 2015.