The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Career Advancement Fund

Note: the Career Advancement Fund is still open for the 18-19 school year

Students can apply to receive funding of up to $500 per school year in support of a range of professional development pursuits, including:

  • Travel to internships, shadow opportunities, or professional interviews for full-time employment
  • Career-related conferences, training, and related events
    • Conferences/events must have a career-related component with a clearly established connection between the event and your professional goals
    • The subsidy can be used to cover travel expenses, registration expenses, or relevant membership dues
  • Travel to graduate/professional school interviews
  • Purchase of professional attire (please note, clothing budgets are typically capped at $200)
  • Standardized test registration or test prep fees for GRE, LSAT or MCATs
  • Graduate or professional school application fees for students with documented financial need
  • Other categories of expense may be eligible, but must be assessed on a case-by-case basis by a member of the Center for Life Beyond Reed
  • Please note, the Career Advancement fund cannot be used to pay for the cost of courses taken elsewhere to satisfy Reed graduation or distribution requirements


Currently enrolled Reed students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply.  


Applicants may request up to a total of $500 from the Career Advancement Fund per school year. You can apply more than once if you have not yet reached the $500 limit. Funding requests will be reviewed and either fully or partially fulfilled depending on the applicant’s financial need, strength of application materials, and availability of funds. All approved funding requests will be paid in advance through the Reed College Business Office. Expenses will generally not be reimbursed after the fact.

Application Process and Materials

Apply via Career Advancement Fund in Handshake including:
  • Responses to two short essay prompts (250 words max for each response)
    • How will this funding help you achieve your future goals? Please be explicit about how this activity is related to career exploration or development
    • Describe your financial need or circumstances that will help us understand your funding needs
  • An itemized budget detailing how you will spend the funds and any relevant documentation supporting the request. Be sure to include a total in your budget request
  • One-page resume


  • If requesting a meal allowance while traveling, CLBR recommends a maximum of $30 per day
  • If your request includes travel, please include a budget line for transportation, which may cover commuting costs, airport transfer, and plane/train/bus tickets
  • Use of public transportation is highly recommended instead of requesting funding for ride-share services such as Uber or Lyft
  • If requesting funding for standardized test registration fees or graduate school application costs, please first investigate whether you are eligible for fee waivers from the test administrator or graduate program, and address what you discovered in your application
Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis while funds last, throughout the year. Applications to request funding for travel within the United States must be submitted a minimum of three weeks prior to the intended date of travel. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant with a request to resubmit.

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising with PCAs

Express advising will resume Fall 2019

Drop-In Hours with CLBR Staff

Drop-in hours will resume Fall 2019
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