Student Fellowships & Awards

The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

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. 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 2014-2015 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:

  • Tuition
  • Summer internships
  • Thesis research (apply for the Initiative grant instead)

Proposal Process

The application process consists of completing an Opportunity Grant Application and Budget Form (download) and preparing a brief one-page description of the proposed activity. These documents should be submitted electronically to Jolie Griffin at griffinjo@reed.edu. The applicant must arrange for a faculty sponsor to submit a letter of recommendation on his/her behalf. The letter should address the nature of the proposed activity and the benefit to the student. Your sponsor must review and approve the application prior to submission. S/he 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. 

For more information on eligibility or any questions about the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jolie Griffin (griffinjo@reed.edu). Grants received at least a few days before each deadline can be assessed for completeness. This courtesy is not available after the grant deadline passes. 

There are four deadlines for consideration:

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 4:00pm

For seniors who wish to present thesis research at conferences taking place shortly after graduation, applications must be submitted by the June 17th deadline.

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