Prizes

Offered through the College:

Among the grants offered through the College, the following have sometimes been held by students in Classics:

The F. Champion Ward Third-Year International Travel Grant supports (up to $4000) BA-level research outside the United States.

The Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG) supports (up to $4000) intensive intermediate or advanced language study abroad.

The application deadline for all three is 4:00 on February 9, 2018.  The College holds information sessions about these awards periodically between November and February. Information may be found on-line at the College SITG (Summer International Travel Grants) site, https://sitg.uchicago.edu.

Offered through the Classics Department:

The Arthur Adkins Summer Research Fellowship is expected to be worth $5000 this year.  The fellowship is targeted to third-year undergraduates who are bound for graduate school, and it provides means and opportunity for the writing of a superior research paper on any aspect of the ancient world from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity.  It may be used for travel to classical sites and collections or to other research centers, and/or for living expenses during a summer devoted to research between the third and fourth year.  Applicants must submit to the Classics Secretary (by Friday, April 2, 2018) a transcript, a statement (2-3 pages) outlining their project and its relationship to existing knowledge in the field, a plan of research together with a provisional budget for the summer, and a letter from a faculty supervisor.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Fellowship is not limited to Classics majors and minors, or even to students of Greek and Latin, and although it may be used for research abroad, it does not require such research.  But it does require that a student have a well-developed research project by the time of application.

The David Grene Fellowship is expected to be worth $5000 this year.  The fellowship is targeted to undergraduates whose intellectual interests in the classical world have led them to an area of knowledge which they are unable to pursue during the regular academic year, and it allows them an opportunity to explore that interest through independent study during the summer before graduation.  The independent study may involve training in a new discipline such as paleography or numismatics, first-hand experience of ancient sites and artifacts, or ancillary language study.  It may be carried out under the auspices of an organized program like the American School of Classical Studies at Athens or the American Academy in Rome, or it may be tailored entirely according to the student's own plan.  Applicants must submit to the Classics Secretary (by Friday April 2, 2018) a transcript, project statement (2-3 pages), a provisional budget, and a faculty letter of recommendation.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Fellowship is not limited to Classics majors and minors, or even to students of Greek and Latin, and it need not directly involves the study of classics.  But applicants must be able to demonstrate a background of interest in the classical world.

The Pausanias Summer Research Fellowship is expected to be worth $5000 this year.  The fellowship provides support to an undergraduate student in Classics for research abroad in sites of interest for classical studies.  It may be used to pursue a project of the student's own design or to participate in appropriate institutional programs abroad.  Applicants must submit to the Classics Secretary (by Friday, April 2, 2018) a transcript, project statement (2-3 pages), provisional budget, and a faculty letter of recommendation.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Fellowship is limited to Classics majors and minors.

The John G. Hawthorne Travel Prize is expected to be worth $5000 this year.   The prize is given to an outstanding undergraduate student of classical languages, literature, or civilization for travel to Greece or Italy or for study of classical materials in other countries.  It may be used to pursue a project of the student's own design or to participate in appropriate programs conducted in Greece or Italy.  Applicants must submit to the Classics Secretary (by Friday, April 2, 2018) a transcript, project statement (2-3 pages), provisional budget, and a faculty letter of recommendation.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the prize must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Prize is open to any student who has taken a GREK, LATN, or CLCV course in the College, and may be used for travel in Greece and/or Italy, or for classics-related study there or in other appropriate locations

The Leon Golden Undergraduate Research Fellowship is expected to be worth $5000 this year.  The fellowship is intended to enable undergraduates majoring in Classical Studies to develop an original research project in the field or to pursue training in ancillary studies that will enrich their work in classics.  Applicants must submit to the Classics Secretary (by Friday, April 2, 2018) a transcript, a statement (2-3 pages) outlining their project together with a provisional budget, and a letter from a faculty supervisor.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Fellowship is limited to Classics majors and it requires that a student have a well-developed project by the time of application.

The Nancy P. Helmbold Travel Award is expected to be worth $5000 this year. It is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student of Greek and/or Latin for travel to Greece or Italy. Applicants must submit to the Classic Secretary (by Friday, April 2, 2018) a transcript, an itinerary or project statement (2-3 pages), proposed budget, and a faculty letter of recommendation.  A written report of what was accomplished during the period of the award must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the first week of the following Autumn Quarter.

This Award requires a student to have taken a GREK or LATN course (not merely a CLCV course) in the College.  It may or may not be used for study or research, but it must be used in Greece and/or Italy.

The Paul Shorey Foreign Travel Grant is expected to be worth $3000 this year.  The grant is given to a student of Greek or Latin who has been accepted to participate in the Athens Program or the Rome Program of the College, and it is to be used to defray costs incurred in the program.  The terms of the grant stipulate that it is to be awarded to a "needy and deserving" student.  Students who have been accepted into one of the programs and who wish to be considered for the Shorey grant are invited to submit statements explaining their need in the first week of Spring Quarter.

The Classics Prize is a cash award of $500 made annually to the student who graduates with the best record of achievement in the Classical Studies major.

Examples of past successful application statements for the summer awards are available from the Undergraduate Prize Coordinator Peter White pwhi@uchicago.edu or the Director of Undergraduate Studies Sofia Torallas Tovar sofiat@uchicago.edu.

 

Offered through the Society for Classical Studies:

The Lionel Pearson Fellowship seeks to contribute to the training of American and Canadian classicists by providing for a period of study at an English or Scottish university. The competition is open to students majoring in Classics, or closely related fields. Fellows must undertake a course of study that broadens and develops their knowledge of Greek and Latin literature in the original languages; candidates should therefore have a strong background in the classical languages. Normally, the recipient will hold the Fellowship in the academic year immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. The term of the Fellowship is one year. The recipient may use the Fellowship for part of a longer program of study, but under no circumstances will support from the Fellowship extend beyond one year. Fellows are responsible for seeking and obtaining admission to the English or Scottish university where they intend to study.

The maximum amount of the Fellowship will be $24,000 which may be used to offset academic fees, travel expenses, housing and subsistence costs, and book purchases.  The Fellowship amount ($24,000) is the maximum that the SCS can award, but the Faculties of Classics of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities have generously offered to support the tuition expenses of any Pearson Fellow enrolled at their institution.  In these instances funds provided by the SCS should be adequate to offset the Fellow’s other expenses, and the SCS will attempt (but it cannot guarantee) to obtain a similar accommodation from another institution in the UK should the Fellow attend a university other than Oxford or Cambridge.  NB: The SCS cannot guarantee tuition support from other Faculties at Oxford and Cambridge (such as Philosophy or History).  Students should be aware that if they can pursue their preferred course of study under the rubric of Classics, it would be to their advantage.

Candidates for the Fellowship require nomination by the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the end of the Spring Quarter for a rising fourth-year student. The Classics Department may only nominate one student and therefore requests that interested students submit the following materials by Friday of Eighth Week in the Spring Quarter of their third year: 1) a current copy of your transcript and 2) one paragraph on why you would like to be nominated for the Pearson, briefly suggesting what you might like to do with it (i.e. which university or universities you’re interested in attending, with whom you’d like to work, and what kind of topic you’d like to research and/or why you think a year doing so in the UK would be especially beneficial for you). 

See more information at https://classicalstudies.org/awards-and-fellowships/lionel-pearson-fellowship.