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Ruby-Lankford Grant Program for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in the Humanities

Funds are available from the Ruby and Lankford gifts to the College for the support of an important element in our continuing commitment to undergraduate research initiatives. The goal of these grant programs is to spur and support interactive research engagement of students and faculty. Since grant programs for research internships are already operating successfully in the Natural and Social Sciences, these funds are directed toward initiatives in History, Literature, and the Humanities. Proposals are expected to be directed explicitly at scholarly research and not at course development. In recognition of the need for additional time to bring unusually promising thesis projects to fruition, Ruby and Lankford Funds may also be sought to support a summer of post-baccalaureate research and writing. The research will conclude with a formal written report and a public seminar presentation during the succeeding academic year. Or, in the case of a post-baccalaureate award, a formal written paper must be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Committee.

The Ruby Grants are funded by a gift of the Ruby family to Reed College for support of the humanities. Jane Ruby was a 1933 Reed graduate, as was her sister, Lucile Brown (1941).

The Lankford Grants are a product of the William T. Lankford III Memorial Humanities Award Fund and are intended for support of work in literature. William Lankford was a faculty member at Reed.


The Ruby-Lankford Grants are designed to promote research in the Humanities by Reed College faculty members and Reed students. The term "humanities" in this program follows the National Endowment for the Humanities definition:

"[humanities]...includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions..."

The faculty member is the "Principal Investigator" and bears overall authority and responsibility for the project once authorized. It is expected that the student will be an active participant in the research project and not relegated to menial tasks. Both faculty member and student must be actively engaged as researchers.

Proposals should be designed for a summer of research, defined as ten weeks of full-time commitment for students and half-time commitment for faculty members. The projects must produce a co-authored paper (submitted to Jolie Griffin at for the committee archives) that follows the conventions for professional papers in the field of the proposal. Except in cases of a post-baccalaureate internship, it is expected that a public presentation of the supported work will be made during the succeeding academic year.

Note: Any seminar or published work to emerge from studies funded wholly or in part by this program should acknowledge the support of the "Ruby-Lankford Grant for Research in the Humanities."


Any continuing member of the Reed faculty (including faculty on sabbatical and leave) is eligible to apply. Student applicants, in good academic standing, must normally be returning to Reed (or going on an approved study abroad program) for the following fall, however, applications involving graduating seniors may be considered when the reasons for choosing a graduate are compelling. Students applicants must be in good academic standing. Faculty may receive collaborative awards in consecutive years, but priority will be given to new projects. Students are eligible for collaborative awards in consecutive years.


Proposals must include the following:

  1. A cover page with the title of the project and the names and email addresses of each member of the research team.
  2. An abstract of no more than 250 words.
  3. A project narrative of no more than seven double-spaced pages that:
    a. Explains the humanistic nature of the research.
    b. Presents background rationale with citations
    c. Includes project design that explains and justifies the roles of each research team member.
    d. Includes a brief bibliography of works related to the proposed research.
  4. A budget using the Collaborative Grant Budget form. Note that the $1,500 in research expenses may not be used for additional student wages or services. A budget narrative should explain line items wherever needed.

Application deadline is 12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The complete proposals must be submitted online. Link to upload Ruby-Lankford application to IRIS. Announcements of awards will be made as soon as possible after the deadline by the Undergraduate Research Committee.

Grants will include stipends of $5,100 for faculty members, $5,000 for students and a research expense budget of up to $1,500. 


The completed proposal should be uploaded online, link to upload Ruby-Lankford application on IRIS by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

For more information on eligibility or any questions about the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jolie Griffin, URC Administrator at

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