Awards for Research, Travel, and Study Related to the Ancient World

The Department of Classical Studies at Wellesley College is pleased to be able to award grants to Wellesley College students:

  1. The Anna Marguerite McCann Award provides funds for student travel or study abroad in classical art and archaeology, especially Mediterranean maritime archaeology.
  1. The Edith Tufts Award provides funds for research and/or travel in the field of Classical Studies, both abroad and in the United States.
  1. The Miranda Marvin Award funds study and travel expenses to further students' knowledge of art, architecture, or archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean.

All three awards are open to Wellesley  College students of classical antiquity, broadly defined.

To apply, submit the following materials, electronically and grouped into a single file, to Ray Starr, Chair of the Department of Classical Studies, by noon on Friday, February 27 (

  1. 1-2 page proposal (single-spaced), describing your project or program and explaining how it fits into your overall past and future plan of study at Wellesley College.  For example:
    1. a field school to give you hands-on archaeological or conservation experience
    2. travel to a museum or archival collection as the basis of your honors thesis
    3. an intensive summer course to bring you up to the intermediate or advanced level in Greek or Latin at Wellesley College. 
  2. List of courses taken in the Department of Classical Studies (Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization), courses in the Department of Art related to the ancient world, and related courses, e.g., anthropology, archaeology, 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 and Kayak.  For living expenses, be reasonable.  Your budget will be read as carefully as your proposal.
  4. Transcript (unofficial).


More than one award may be made each year, but some proposals may not be funded or may not be funded in full.  In a given year's competition, even some meritorious proposals may not receive funding.


Additional information

  • Proposals are for specific projects:  a specific field school or program, for instance, 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.
  • Preference will be given to students who have taken Classics-related courses at Wellesley in the Department of Classical Studies, the Department of Art, or affiliated departments.
  • Funding will not be awarded for normal study abroad during the regular spring or fall term or for Wellesley Wintersession courses, although projects during Wintersession or specific additional travel (e.g., to a collection) would be considered.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply for funding.