The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Climate Change Research and Education Fund

The Climate Change Research and Education Fund (CCREF) supports unpaid summer opportunities for student leadership, research, education, and engagement on issues related to climate change adaptation or mitigation. This fund can support:

  • Internships in Reed College offices and departments which create opportunities for students to contribute to college infrastructure in support of climate change adaptation or mitigation.
  • Internships which support students working in nonprofits or governmental agencies focused on climate change adaptation or mitigation.
  • Student research opportunities in collaboration with Reed professors, or advisers at another institution, on topics related to climate change adaptation or mitigation.

Award amounts will be up to $4,700 for a minimum of 320 hours over 8–10 weeks during summer break. Both in-person and remote opportunities will be considered.

This fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Henner Family. The award is administered by the Center for Life Beyond Reed.

Application Deadline

Wednesday Mar 29th, 2023 at 12 PM noon


Applicants must be

  • currently enrolled at Reed (graduating seniors are eligible);
  • in good academic standing.

Graduating seniors must particularly address in their application essay what role this opportunity plays in helping them transition to their first post-Reed destination.

Institutional Review Board Approval

If your research opportunity involves conducting research on a human subject, then you will need to apply for approval from Reed's Institutional Review Board (IRB) in tandem with your CCREF application. Please see the IRB website for more information.

If your opportunity does require IRB approval, it's possible that you could be awarded funding before receiving IRB approval. In that case your award would be conditional while waiting for approval.

To Apply

All applications will be submitted in Handshake. The application consists of uploading documents, as well as filling out a Handshake survey. If you are selected for funding, a letter or email of confirmation from your opportunity (internship supervisor or research adviser) will also be required.

There are three documents to upload: A resume, a cover letter, and a budget. Please include your name in the file name and upload all documents as pdfs.


An up-to-date one page resume or a CV summarizing any work, volunteer, and course experiences relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying.

Cover Letter

Upload a pdf document of no more than 1,000 words with the following components:

  • One-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship or research opportunity, and its impact on issues related to climate change adaptation or mitigation.
  • Description of the mission and purpose of your host organization (if internship), or main research focus of your intended adviser or lab (if research).
  • Description of the work/project/activities you anticipate doing.
  • Description of your interest in examining or working on climate change.
  • Summary of the skills, knowledge, or other relevant preparation you will bring to this position.
  • Outline of the desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your goals.
  • Describe the outreach that you’ve made, and with whom you’ve connected. Please give the contact information (names, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for your host organization contacts.

Other Document - Detailed Budget

Upload an itemized budget of your expenses and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount. Please use CLBR’s budget template. Please consult the section on budgets in CLBR’s Summer Internship Awards FAQ first if you have questions about the budget.

Apply in Handshake


Proposals will be judged on a competitive basis on:

  • Relevance to climate change adaptation or mitigation
  • Connection to your field of study or career goals
  • Previous experience that will help you be successful in the internship or research experience
  • Thoughtfulness and feasibility of your proposed plan and adherence to CCREF guidelines
  • Articulation of learning outcomes and the ability of the organization to support your learning

Successful applicants will respond fully to each of the essay prompts and provide a coherent and compelling narrative outlining their motivation to pursue the proposed plan as well as the anticipated outcomes.

Travel Restrictions

Reed College does not permit college-funded travel to other countries that are categorized as level 4 (do not travel). Travel to countries on a level 3 advisory warning might be allowed on a case-by-case basis, but there would need to be a strong case made in the application for why the travel is necessary to the project, and how it can be done safely.

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.

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