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Off-Campus 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. 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. Strong 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:


A completed application will consist of:

  • Budget form (PDF fillable form).
  • Abstract (if applicable)
  • One-page, single-spaced proposal that reflects the general practices of the discipline.
    • 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?
    • If applying to attend a conference without presenting, please address these items:
      • What opportunities will you seek out at the conference?
      • What specific workshops or events you will participate in and what do you expect to learn?
      • What meetings have you set up at the conference and what do you expect to get out of those meetings?
      • How would attending the conference inform your future plans?
  • 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 ( 

Award amount:

$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

Note: Posters and papers presented should acknowledge the support of the "Reed College Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant."

There are four deadlines for consideration:

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 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. 

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