The Center for Life Beyond Reed

President’s Summer Fellowship

The President’s Summer Fellowship (PSF) 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.

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 ten students. Recipients who are on financial aid and who have a student contribution will also have that amount paid by this fellowship (up to $2,000). 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 apply.

For more details of some of the prior fellows' summer experiences (up to 2016), read blog posts on CLBR's archived blog, Works & Days.

Read about the 2022 cohort of winning students and their projects.

Read the FAQ.

Application Deadline

March 16th, 2022, at 12:00 PM noon. Interviews (in-person or Zoom) will occur March 24th–25th for applicants who are selected for an interview.

Eligibility

You must be:

  • a currently enrolled first year, sophomore, junior, or spring-fall senior student;
  • returning to campus in the fall after your fellowship.

Criteria

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.

To Apply

All applications will be submitted online in Handshake. The Handshake portion of the application consists of a resume, cover letter, budget, and a short survey. Additional required materials will need to be sent to clbrfellowships@reed.edu, including a letter of recommendation, and a document which demonstrates the endorsement of your host organization (if applicable.) See below for details.

Resume

An up-to-date one page copy of your resume summarizing any work and volunteer experiences relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying.

Cover Letter

Upload a pdf document of no more than 1,300 words total with the following components.

  • At the top of the document, list the project title, start date, and end date.
  • Begin with a project summary (no more than 200 words). If selected as a Fellow, the summary will represent your project in various materials.
  • Full project description:
    • Discuss what learning you expect to gain, and/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 from it.
    • Explain how and why you are prepared to successfully undertake your project. For example, if special skills are needed, how did you acquire them or how will you gain them?
    • What, if any, are the desired educational outcomes of this experience, and how do they apply to your short- or long-term career goals?
    • Note any precautions you will take to accommodate likely pandemic conditions and restrictions.

Other Document - Detailed Budget

Upload a budget of your anticipated expenses (using our budget template) and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the maximum award amount. Leave the "Financial Aid Student Contribution, if relevant" line blank, as this will be handled directly between CLBR and the Financial Aid office, if necessary.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one confidential letter of recommendation, preferably from a member of the Reed faculty. Recommendations need to be submitted by email to clbrfellowships@reed.edu.

Endorsement

If the project includes working with an organization, cultural group, association, or any organized entity from which permissions are needed, you must indicate that fact in your application and email a PDF copy of that entity’s endorsement of the project to clbrfellowships@reed.edu.

Apply in Handshake

Next Steps

Select applicants will be invited to interview March 24th–25th. Final notifications of application status should take place by the end of March.

Fellowship recipients:

  • are responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of their own projects, which must be completed in a ten-week window over summer;
  • must create a LinkedIn account if they don't have one, and respond to a prompt/s from CLBR given over the summer;
  • write a minimum two page final reflection upon completion of their project and include at least one photo;
  • will participate in an experience sharing activity in the fall semester as directed by CLBR;
  • may be invited to a dinner and be asked to present to Reed's Trustees in the fall after their project.

Travel Restrictions

Currently, Reed is not permitting college-funded travel to other countries that are categorized as level 4 (do not travel) by the CDC.

Additionally, international travel to countries with a level 4 travel advisory from the Department of State is generally restricted from being paid for by college funds. If a country's Department of State travel advisory is a level 3 due to anything other than COVID-19, then travel to those countries with college funds will also be restricted.

Intended travel countries must not be restricted at the time of application. If a travel country becomes restricted after you are awarded funds, we will work with you to find alternative plans. If alternative plans don't work out, it could be possible that you would be required to return some or all of the funding. Email clbrfellowships@reed.edu if you have any questions.