Funding for Student Research and Projects

Thanks to the resources provided in the Lester Reid '56 Academic Enrichment Fund and the Matthew Wiencke Research Fund, the Classics Department is able to provide modest grants to enable Dartmouth students and recent graduates to pursue a range of educational opportunities relating to Classical Studies, Latin, and ancient Greek. Grant monies may be used to defray such costs as travel to archaeological sites and museums, off-campus internships, attendance at academic conferences, course-related field tripparticipation in archaeological excavations and other fieldwork; tuition and other program costs for summer intensive programs or other off-campus study programs in Latin or ancient Greek; or the purchase of books, images, or data bases needed for independent research projects.

This program is meant to supplement the opportunities provided to all Dartmouth students through the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research, The department expects that students applying for Reid/Wiencke funding will already have made an application for any UGAR funding that is available to them. For example, an applicant who wants to fund a research trip related to a senior thesis should supply evidence that they have applied for an Honors Thesis Grant through UGAR.

The upper limit on funding available for a single project is $4000, including the amount previously received through UGAR.

How to apply

The requirements for the application include

  1. a brief statement of the nature of your project and the educational benefit you expect to derive from it,
  2. a realistic estimate of the costs you will incur through the project,
  3. the approval of your major advisor,
  4. one letter of recommendation from a member of the Classics Department.

If you are asking for funding for a formal course of study at another institution, or for another program such as an internship or excavation for which there is a selection process, you must include documentation of your acceptance (e.g. a letter or email from the program director). Observe that this may necessitate making your application to that program in advance of their stated deadline. You may find it helpful to email your program director about your plan to apply for funding from Dartmouth Classics and inform them of the application deadline here.

For any project that is eligible for UGAR funding, you must also include a copy of your UGAR application and a note as to the status of that application (i.e. "pending", "amount funded," or "denied"). If your application is still pending, you can follow up with us later to tell us the outcome.

You can download the application form here and fill it out electronically. Completed forms are sent to the chair of the Classics Department by email.

 

Deadlines

Grants may be made for any academic term, with application deadlines as follows:

  • February 15 for grants to be used during the following SPRING term
  • April 15 for grants to be used during the following SUMMER term
  • May 15  for grants to be used during the following FALL term
  • October 15 for grants to be used during the Winterim or in the following WINTER term

Applications that come in after the deadline may or may not be considered. For questions about the feasibility of making a late application, please consult with the Department Chair and/or the Departmental Administrator.

Criteria

Priority will be given to students who are:

  • current Dartmouth students
  • not previous recipients of this fellowship
  • holders of a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better within CLST/LAT/GRK courses
  • majors or minors within the Classics Department (any major track)

Reporting requirement

All grant recipients are required to submit a report early in the term following their project, accounting for their expenditures and describing the educational benefits of their experience.