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. Examples of relevant activities include professional conference attendance where the student is the presenting author, attendance at uniquely significant art or theatre exhibitions, and acquisition of an academic resource. Support can be given up to $1,500. Only proposals from students in good academic standing at the College will be considered. For seniors who wish to present thesis research at conferences taking place shortly after graduation, applications must be submitted by the June 30th deadline.

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 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. He or she must also review and approve the application prior to submission and confirm that an attempt has been made to secure department funding. For more information on eligibility or any questions about the application process, please contact Jolie Griffin ( or the chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee, Paul J. Currie (

*The Opportunity Grant Application and Budget Form was revised November 2013. Please make sure you are using the most updated application. Applications using older versions will be returned without review.

There are four deadlines for consideration:

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:00pm
  • Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:00pm
  • Monday, June 30, 2014 at 4:00pm

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