Graduate Student Educational and Professional Development Fund


The Department of Classics has established a Graduate Student Educational and Professional Development Fund. All current Classics M.A. students are eligible to apply for funding to support professional, educational, and outreach activities related to their graduate studies. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: participation in, or hosting of conferences; courses or seminars offered outside the UA; fieldwork; internships; study/travel abroad programs; outreach efforts on campus, or at the local or state level; research closely tied to the M.A. thesis.*  Funds cannot be used for subsidizing graduate school applications.


Classics graduate students should consult faculty members with expertise relevant to their proposals before submitting their applications. Each proposal will be judged on its merits, and its relevance and importance for the applicant’s graduate program of study in Classics will be taken into account. Each applicant’s academic status in the M.A. program and progress toward degree will also be considered. Graduate students may apply for one GSEPDF grant per semester, and may receive a maximum of $1300 in funding per academic year (depending upon availability). Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek funding for their projects from other sources (e.g. UA Graduate College, UA Graduate and Professional Student Council, extramural scholarships and grants, etc.) in addition to the GSEPDF.


Applications are reviewed during the fall and/or spring semesters onlyFunding is limited, and students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  Once all funding has been distributed, no additional applications will be accepted.  Proposals must be received well in advance of the date the funds are needed. 

To apply, download the application (link below) and submit the completed application to Marcela Thompson ( as an email attachment. In the email subject line, write "GSEPDF application." 

Deadlines for submission of applications, Fall 2021:

  • September 15
  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15

Deadlines for submission of applications, Spring 2022:

  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 15

(Students are encouraged to submit their application at any time, but the committee reviews the applications and makes its recommendations shortly after each announced deadline.)


*Please note that travel plans much comply with the University of Arizona Coronavirus Travel Authorization policy, which is regularly updated to reflect current public health recommendations.

*If receiving an award for a project involving travel, applicants will also need to fill out a SILLC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION FORM, to be submitted to Dr. Friesen (


Successful applicants should acknowledge the University of Arizona Classics GSEPDF support in their presentations, written reports, or publications.