Classics Department

The Walter Englert Student Opportunity Fund

This research fund, created in honor of Professor Walter Englert's retirement from Reed College in 2018, is meant to enhance research and educational opportunities for Classics majors by providing modest support for attendant expenses.

The funds may be used to support:

  1. the study of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern languages both in the US and abroad or
  2. research trips to ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern sites or
  3. cost involved in thesis research or faculty-student research or
  4. participation on a dig or in field school focused on the study of ancient Mediterranean or Near Eastern material.


Students must be declared Classics majors who are not graduating in the spring.

Application Process

Students should work with their advisers to prepare a brief proposal of no more than 1000 words that includes the following elements: 

  1. The rationale for the project and its relevance to your coursework, thesis, or future work in Classics;
  2. The preparation (if relevant) that you have undertaken for this project;
  3. The desired educational outcomes of this experience and their relevance to your studies;
  4. Contact information (including names, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.) for your host organization;

Your project proposal should be accompanied by:

  1. A confidential letter of support from a Reed faculty member who can speak to your qualifications, emailed to Anne Ha (;
  2. Budget form (PDF fillable form).


Applications are due by email to Anne Ha ( no later than February 21, 2020 at noon. The Classics Department strongly encourages applicants to apply to college-wide funding sources, including the Initiative Grants in Undergraduate Research, the President’s Summer Fellowship, and the McGill Lawrence Internship Award, for their projects so that we may maximize the number of student projects that we support.

In the event that a research or learning opportunity arises after this deadline, the Classics Department encourages students to contact Tom Landvatter ( to see if there are remaining funds. If so, we ask them to complete the standard application process outlined above. In this event, we will take applications on a rolling basis.

Reporting Responsibilities

Recipients will be asked to:

  1. Provide a brief (max one page) report on your summer activities by September 15 to Tom Landvatter (
  2. Give a brief oral presentation detailing their experiences at a Classics symposium in the academic year after their summer learning or research opportunity.