The Center for Life Beyond Reed

We regret that due to uncertainties caused by the ongoing pandemic we will not be offering the President's Summer Fellowship in Summer 2021. If you have questions, please direct them to

President’s Summer Fellowship

The President’s Summer Fellowship offers you a chance to think big and tackle an 8-10 week summer project that combines intellectual pursuit, imagination, adventure, personal transformation, and service to the greater good. The only limits to this fellowship are your imagination. You must be currently enrolled as a Reed first, second, third-year or Spring-Fall Senior student who will be returning to campus in the fall after your fellowship. 

The program was established in 2012 with a gift from trustee Dan Greenberg ’62 and Susan Steinhauser and inaugurated by President John R. Kroger. The program awards up to $5000 to as many as 10 students, or amounts up to $7000 for those students with financial aid summer savings requirements. We encourage applicants to consider the high value the college places on critical inquiry, freedom of expression, and exploration of identity, and to look for opportunities to complement and enhance your rigorous academic experience.

We strongly encourage you to meet with the Center for Life Beyond Reed during the planning stages of your proposal. Travel restrictions do apply (see below).

For more details of each of the fellows' summer experiences, read their blog posts on Beyond Reed's blog, 

Read about the 2019 cohort of winning students and their projects.

Read the FAQ.

To Apply

Applications are available online.

The deadline is March 4, 2020, at 12:00 PM noon.

Interviews for selected applicants will be held on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th.

Application Steps

  1. Upload your resume, in PDF format. Name your resume using the following convention: FirstInitialLastName_ProjectTitle_Year. Example:SStudent_ShrtStryWriting_2018.pdf
  2. Request one confidential letter of recommendation, preferably from a member of the Reed faculty. Faculty may provide their recommendation either through this form in which they provide short answers to specific questions or this link for uploading a traditional letter. They can choose which of these formats to use and must complete only one. Refer your recommender to CLBR Fellowships with any questions.
  3. Enter into the online interface a detailed project description of no more than 1,200 words total, consisting of:
    1. a summary (no more than 200 words). If selected as a Fellow, the summary will represent your project in various materials.
    2. a full project description, including what learning you expect to gain or what you hope to create. If your project is of a service nature, include the benefits that you and the community you intend to serve will derive.
    3. the preparation you've done for your project. The desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your career goals.
  4. Upload a PDF of the endorsement of your host organization, if applicable.
  5. Upload a budget of your anticipated expenses (using the form provided) and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount.

Review & Notification

Proposals will be judged by the overall strength of the project (clarity of concept, creativity, quality of design, the synthesis of intellectual pursuit with imagination); the endorsement of cooperating entities to support your learning; and letters of recommendation from faculty and staff. Please follow the guidelines carefully.


Fellowship recipients:

  • are responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of their own projects. Projects must be completed in a ten-week window.
  • must create a LinkedIn account if they don't have one, and respond to a prompt from CLBR given over the summer.
  • write a minimum two page final reflection upon completion of their project.
  • will participate in a postering session during Reed's Forum for Advancing Reed (date TBD, though usually in mid-September).
  • may be invited to a dinner and be asked to present to Reed's Trustees in the fall after their project.

Travel Restrictions

Travel restrictions for awards that originate or pass through Reed's business office usually follow State Department travel warning criteria. If you suspect that your proposed location of study may present safety or security risks, please consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings Section. If a project proposal includes travel to locations that may present safety or security risks, especially as identified by the State Department travel warning criteria, special note must be made in the proposal, and additional information may be requested before permission is determined.

The Reed College President’s Summer Fellowship awards are tentative until travel permission has been received from the Reed College coordinators of such awards via completion of an award agreement that outlines conditions of acceptance. Students who do not receive permission to travel will not be allowed to use such funds for their proposed project; however, accommodations for an alternate location may be made at the discretion of the coordinators of the awards.