Off-Campus Opportunity Grants
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. Students can request a per diem to cover food and ground transportation. The per diem for the 2018-2019 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. Priority will be given to students presenting their work at a conference.
- Attendance at uniquely significant art or theatre exhibition
- Attendance at an intensive seminar or workshop
- Acquisition of an academic resource which will remain property of Reed.
Items not eligible for an Opportunity grant:
- Credit bearing tuition
- Summer internships (apply for the Opportunity Fellowship instead)
- Thesis research (apply for the Initiative Grant instead)
A completed application will consist of:
- Budget form (PDF fillable form).
- One-page, single-spaced proposal that reflects the general practices of the discipline.
- Include abstract (if applicable).
- If applying to present work at a conference, please address these items:
- What is your role in the project? List all co-authors.
- What opportunities will you seek out at the conference?
- Evaluative letter from a faculty sponsor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com).
$1,500 is the maximum award amount for presenting research at a conference or acquiring a resource.
$3,000 is the maximum award amount for attendance at uniquely significant art or theatre exhibition, or attendance at an intensive seminar or workshop
There are four deadlines for consideration:
- Wednesday, September 26, 2017 at 12:00pm
- Wednesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:00pm
- Wednesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00pm
- Wednesday, May 29, 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 May 29 deadline.
Applications received after a specified deadline will not be considered until the next deadline.