Do you have an idea for a project that relates to literature or language? Apply to the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation for support. Study, travel, research, and service in literature or language may all qualify, whether done individually or in groups.

Examples of Hendrix-Murphy projects include going to language school, traveling for literary research, doing an internship that relates to literature or language, or attending a conference that has to do with writing, literature, or languages.

Before you begin your proposal, carefully read our proposal guidelines.

Once you are ready to get started, we strongly encourage you to meet with Hendrix-Murphy staff well in advance of the deadline to discuss your project. All stages of project development are welcome—whether you’re looking to brainstorm or are ready to edit your proposal form, we’re here to help. To book an appointment, click here. You are also encouraged to send a draft of your completed proposal form to us for review before submitting it for final consideration. Your faculty supervisor should approve the final, revised version before you submit the proposal.

Hendrix-Murphy proposal deadlines are the same as Odyssey's: October 1, February 1, and April 1, at 5:00 p.m. If those dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following business day.

Generally, cycles are as follows:

  • October 1: winter and spring projects;

  • February 1: spring and summer projects;

  • April 1: late-developing summer projects and fall projects

Distinguished Visiting Writer Proposals are only solicited for the October funding cycle and are meant to take place in the following academic year.


Our mission is to enhance and enrich the study of literature and language at Hendrix College. Thus, we support literature or language projects initiated by students, faculty, or staff.


All students who are undertaking projects in literature or language may apply, regardless of major, class year, or whether you’re a Murphy Scholar.

Faculty and staff may also apply for support of literature or language projects that involve Hendrix students. The same deadlines apply. Faculty and staff members should use the Faculty-Led Study-Travel Project or Faculty-Led Campus Project proposal forms.

Groups or pairs of students, as well as individual students, may apply for Hendrix-Murphy funding. Only one proposal form is needed per group. In your narrative, clearly indicate which participants will do which part of the project, unless everyone will be doing the same thing.


Are you working on an Odyssey proposal? Any project that focuses squarely on literature and language may be proposed to Hendrix-Murphy rather than directly to Odyssey; our proposal form includes a section where you can declare your intent to seek Odyssey credit. Hendrix-Murphy works closely with Odyssey to route all Odyssey credit–seeking proposals along the appropriate channels for the Odyssey credit decision.

If your project has mixed content, with only certain portions focused on literature or language, it may be advisable to apply to both Hendrix-Murphy and Odyssey. In this case, please contact Hendrix-Murphy staff at Hendrix-Murphy@Hendrix.edu, and we can advise you on the best course of action.

Please note: before you can receive funding from Hendrix-Murphy, you must be in good academic standing and free of current disciplinary sanctions, and your student account with Hendrix College must be in good standing.