The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Post Reed Opportunity Grant (PROG)

Proposal Overview

The purpose of this program is to provide support to recent graduates in pursuit of academically valuable and pertinent opportunities that arise. These opportunities must be based off of the applicant's thesis. Applicants can request a per diem to cover food and ground transportation. The per diem for the 2023-2024 year is $55.00 per night. This mirrors the per diem faculty receive when attending a professional conference. 

Examples of relevant activities include:

  • Presenting your research at a conference. 
  • Attendance at uniquely significant art or theatre exhibition
  • Attendance at an intensive seminar, workshop, or other professional gathering. 
  • Acquisition of an academic resource, which will remain property of Reed.

Items not eligible for an Opportunity grant:

  • Credit bearing tuition
  • Summer internships
  • Thesis research 


Recent graduates are eligible to apply for this grant once for an opportunity that takes place within the year after graduation. Recent graduates are no longer eligible once a year has passed since graduation. Applicants in graduate school are eligible. These opportunities must be based off of work the applicant undertook while at Reed.


Applicants must address all aspects of the application. A completed application will consist of:

  • Budget form (PDF fillable form). Please make sure your math is correct. 
    • Must demostrate that no other funding is available. 
    • Poster reimbursement has been capped at $100. 
  • Résumé - Please include a 1-2 page (maximum) résumé.
    • The CLBR has free drop in advising to help students craft résumés, and we encourage you to take advantage of this. The URC asks for résumés to help learn more about each applicant, and to encourage students to develop their application materials. The URC does not make evaluative decisions based on the content of the résumé.
  • 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 an event without presenting research, please address these items:
      • What opportunities will you seek out at the proposed activity?
      • What specific workshops or events you will participate in and what do you expect to learn?
      • What meetings have you set up at the proposed event and what do you expect to get out of those meetings?
      • How would attending the event inform your future plans?
  • Evaluative letter from a Reed faculty sponsor that addresses the specificity of the project. This letter can be sent directly to Meg Andrews ( Please make sure you contact your letter writer with adequate advance of the deadline.

Application Procedure

The applicant will upload their Opportunity Grant application to the grant portal in IRISThe faculty sponsor must review the entire grant application and provide an evaluative letter of support, which can be uploaded online or emailed directly to Meg Andrews, URC Administrator, at The faculty 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 you have been accepted to present thesis research at a conference that takes place after 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.

Award amount

$1,500 is the maximum award amount.

Note: Posters and papers presented should acknowledge the support of the "Reed College Professional Research Opportunity Grant," unless your award letter lists a different funding source. 

There are two deadlines for consideration

  • November 8, 2023 by 12:00 p.m. 
  • May 15, 2024 by 12:00 p.m.

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

Available Guidance

Review the best practices for applying to any URC grant. For questions about the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Meg Andrews ( Members of the Undergraduate Research Committee offer office hours to answer proposal development questions. The CLBR advising team (peer-career advisors and professional advisors) can help you craft your resume. CLBR offers drop-in advising as well as 1:1 appointments. Please see for drop-in hours and also how to make an appointment. We encourage you to take advantage of this.


The Undergraduate Research Committee seeks to offer students opportunities to support their studies and interests in the form of grants and awards. The URC views the opportunity to apply for grants and awards as a pedagogical one in which students have the chance to learn about how the application process works. The URC grants and awards are open to all students regardless of discipline. The URC is aware of systemic bias in the application process, and seeks in particular to support students from historically underrepresented communities in academia, and we take into consideration bias, oppression, and opportunity as we evaluate applications.


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