Student Fellowships & Awards

The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Mellon Environmental Studies Summer Experience Fellowship

Internal Deadline: March 5, 2012


Mellon Environmental Studies Fellowships are intended to support continuing Reed students pursuing environmentally-themed summer opportunities for which no compensation is otherwise available. These opportunities might include internships at nonprofit agencies or field research internships/training (on or off-campus). Award amount is $3800 stipend for a minimum 10 weeks fulltime engagement, with up to $700 additional funds for budgeted travel and supplies.


Proposals will be judged on their environmental focus and relevance to your field of study or professional goals. Opportunities that expand beyond the Reed curriculum will be given priority. Faculty recommendation and appropriateness of sponsoring institution will also be considered. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with members of the Environmental Studies committee ( in preparing the application.

Submission deadline for Summer 2012 Fellowships: Monday, March 5, 2012

Please submit electronically to the Environmental Studies Committee, c/o Susan Buttrick ( the following application materials:

1. One confidential letter of support (e-mailed directly to Susan Buttrick) from a Reed faculty or staff member who can speak to your qualifications and your proposed project.

2. A resume describing your relevant work, volunteer, and course experiences

3. Project description (1,000-word limit) detailing the internship or research experience you plan to undertake. Include a description of your activities and how the opportunity will benefit your educational progress. What will you bring back to Reed from the experience? How does the project fit into your broader environmental training and build off your prior experiences? What are the desired outcomes of the experience, and how do they relate to your career goals?

4. A letter of support from the sponsoring organization or faculty member (e-mailed directly to Susan Buttrick). The letter should indicate support for the project as described in your proposal.

5. Detailed budget of your expenses (travel and equipment/supplies) needed to complete your project. (Any non-consumable equipment or supplies will be returned to the college at completion of the project.) Also list other funding sources you will apply for or use, including any pay you will receive from your sponsoring organization. The $700 travel/supplies supplement is by no means automatic; you must include text justifying any additional expenses that you will require.

In the Fall semester following your Fellowship, you will be expected to present the outcome of your project to the Reed community.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Environmental Studies committee will evaluate the applications shortly after the application deadline. Applicants will be contacted regarding the funding decisions that were made of these awards by early April 2012.

Contact the ES committee with any questions (