Fellowships/Award Grants

The Department of Classical Studies at Wellesley College is pleased to be able to award grants to Wellesley College students, through the generosity of two of its alumnae.

  1. The Anna Marguerite McCann Award provides funds for students who wish to travel or study abroad in the field of classical art and archaeology, with a preference given to students pursuing projects in the field of Mediterranean maritime archaeology.
  2. The Edith Tufts Award provides funds for research and/or travel in the field of Classical Studies, both abroad and in the United States.


Both awards are open to students of classical antiquity, broadly defined.

Interested students should submit the following materials, electronically, to Ray Starr, Chair of the Department of Classical Studies, by the end of February (send to: rstarr@wellesley.edu):

  1. 1-2 page proposal (single-spaced), describing your project or program and explaining how it fits into your overall plan of study.  For example:
    1.  a field school that would give you hands-on archaeological experience
    2. travel to a collection of materials that will form the basis of your honors thesis
    3. taking an intensive summer course that would bring you up to the advanced level in Greek or Latin in one summer and prepare you for graduate study. 
  2. List of courses taken in the Department of Classical Studies (Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization) and related courses (e.g., anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, philosophy, political science, religion).
  3. Budget.  Be as specific as possible.  For travel expenses, look for low fares, if possible, and try websites such as Orbitz, Travelocity, and Kayak.  For living expenses, be reasonable.  Your budget will be read as carefully as your proposal.
  4. Transcript (unofficial).


More than one McCann Award and more than one Tufts Award may be made each year, but some proposals may not be funded or may not be funded in full.


Additional information

  • Proposals from students who wish to study intensive Greek will be given priority.
  • Proposals from graduating seniors may be made but are given lower priority.
  • Funding will not be awarded for normal study abroad during the regular spring or fall term, although projects during Wintersession or specific additional travel (e.g., to a collection) would be considered.
  • Proposals are for specific projects:  a specific field school, for instance, or a specific program or a research project conducted at a specific location, not for study at an unspecified program or for travel in general or for pleasure travel.