Undergraduate Prizes and Grants

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There is a large range of prizes and grants available to undergraduate students in our department to enhance their studies.

We offer eight prizes and grants for undergraduate students independently:

The Classics Prize

$500 for the student who graduates each year with the best record of achievement in the Classical Studies major. The Classics Prize does not require an application.

The Arthur Adkins Summer Research Fellowship

$5,000 for a third-year student bound for graduate school to aid the writing of a superior research paper on any aspect of the ancient world.

The David Grene Fellowship

$5,000 for a student interested in the classical world to independently pursue an area of interest they have not been able to during the academic year.

The Pausanias Summer Research Fellowship

$5,000 for a major or minor to conduct research abroad in sites of interest for classical studies.

The John G. Hawthorne Travel Prize

$5,000 for an outstanding student of classical languages, literature, or civilization to travel to Greece, Italy, or classical materials in another country.

The Leon Golden Undergraduate Research Fellowship

$5,000 for majors in Classical Studies to develop an original research project or pursue training in ancillary studies to enhance their work in classics.

The Nancy P. Helmbold Travel Award

$5,000 for an outstanding student of Greek or Latin to travel to Greece or Italy.

The Paul Shorey Foreign Travel

$3,000 for a student of Greek or Latin to defray costs incurred while studying abroad in the College’s Athens Program or the Roman Program.

Applicants for our grants and fellowships should follow the instructions provided in the above links. 

We can provide examples of successful application statements from previous years. Please contact Jonah Radding.

Offered through the Society for Classical Studies (SCS):

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 $27,000, which may be used to offset academic fees, travel expenses, housing and subsistence costs, and book purchases. The fellowship amount ($27,000) 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. Note: 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 may apply directly to the Pearson Fellowship Committee, typically in the Autumn of their fourth year of undergraduate study.

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

University-wide Grants

The College offers a number of grants to undergraduate students across the university. The following two grants have often been held by our students:

The Third-Year International Travel Grant

Up to $4,000 for BA-level research outside the United States.

The Foreign Language Acquisition Grant

Up to $4,000 for intensive intermediate or advanced language study abroad.

Applicants for either grant should apply directly to the College through the above links.