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Kaspar T Locher Summer Creative Fellowships

ANNOUNCING the 2017 Kaspar T. Locher Summer Creative Fellowships Competition.

Summer fellowships of $1800 to support work in creative writing, visual arts, theater, dance, and music will be awarded again this year. The competition is open to all Reed students who are returning next fall. Applications must include the following:

  1. A 500-750 word description of your proposed project and an additional 500 word statement on your previous work and experiences that have prepared you for carrying out this project. Submit the proposal and statement as a PDF document to
  2. At least two recommendations from persons, one of them a member of the Reed faculty, who can comment on the merits of your project and your ability to carry it out. These letters should also be sent via email to
  3. Examples of previous work you have done within the area of your proposal, also sent via email to The number of works may vary according to media, but creative writing submissions (a collection of poems, two or three short stories, or an excerpt of a longer work) must be submitted as a single PDF document and not exceed 25 pages; no more than twenty examples of visual art work on a single PDF document, each image no larger than 1900 x 1000 pixels and labeled with title, medium, size and the date the work was made; no more than 15 minutes of music or performance works on video. Music examples may be submitted as MP3 files or linked to a website. Video examples may be submitted as MOV files, or linked to Youtube, or your own website. 

Application deadline, including project proposals, examples of previous work and recommendations: Friday, March 31, at 6 pm.

For more information on the Kaspar T. Locher Summer Creative Scholarships visit, or email if you have further questions.

Kaspar T. Locher was a literary scholar and professor of humanities and German at Reed College for nearly 50 years. Professor Locher was born in St. Gall, Switzerland, on December 15, 1920, and came to the U.S. in 1946 under the auspices of the Institute of International Education after studying medicine at the University of Geneva and literature at the University of Zurich. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1949 from the University of Chicago. He taught there and at Vanderbilt University before coming to Reed as an instructor in German. Locher wrote a number of books and articles on German literature that were published in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. He received research and travel grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other institutions. He was visiting professor of German at the University of Washington in 1963 and at the University of Oregon in 1978. He was granted emeritus status at Reed in 1988. Locher, an active supporter of the arts in Portland, collected numerous works by Northwest artists. Professor Locher established the summer creative scholarship competition in the 1960s and revived it in the late 1980s, chairing the selection committee until shortly before his death in 1998. The endowed Kaspar T. Locher Summer Creative Scholarships Fund was named in his honor in 1997.

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Posted on Mar 1, 2017

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