The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Reed Sponsored & Summer Grants

These Reed-sponsored opportunities support a range of activities, including independent research, joint research with faculty, travel, creative projects, internships, conference funding and more. Each description includes the point of contact as well as relevant details and application information.

Anthropology Student Fund
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Funded by the the Department of Anthropology's Harper-Ellis endowment, the Student Fund is meant to enhance opportunities for anthropology majors to extend their studies by providing modest support for anthropology-related travel, internships, or research expenses.
Art Internship Awards
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The Art Department has set aside funds through the Art Internship Awards (AIA) to help support Art majors undertaking an art-related summer internship. This support is available on a competitive basis to any declared major in the department.
Biology Department Summer Opportunities
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There are many sources of funding available to provide summer research opportunities to Reed students in Biology. Typical awards for all Biology Department administered Fellowships will include a summer stipend and a smaller fund for supplies or equipment. In some cases, special alternate arrangements may be made in consultation with a faculty member. Because the projects funded by the different available opportunities can vary in the degree to which they require student-driven vs. faculty-driven research, we encourage students to contact potential advisors early. All proposals require an on-campus advisor even if the funds are to be applied to an off campus opportunity.
Career Advancement Fund 2021-22
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Students can apply to receive funding of up to $500 per school year in support of a range of professional development pursuits.
Chemistry Department Summer Research Fellowships
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Fellowships awarded by the Chemistry Department are intended to support Reed students pursuing special projects in chemistry during the summer months. The projects must be conducted under the guidance of a mentor, but need not be on-campus (for example, these can support virtual projects with a Reed faculty member or off-campus projects with a faculty member from another institution).
Climate Change Research and Education Fund
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The Climate Change Research and Education Fund (CCREF) will support unpaid summer opportunities for student leadership, research, education, and engagement on issues related to climate change adaptation or mitigation.
Economics Internship Awards
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The Economics Summer Internship Awards offer funding to support unpaid economics-related internship opportunities.
Eddings Opportunity Grants for English Majors
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Eddings Opportunity Grants are funded as part of a generous bequest from David Eddings, class of 1954, and are dedicated to the support of English majors’ research, scholarship, and writing.
Environmental Studies Summer Experience Fellowship
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Environmental Studies Summer Experience Fellowships are intended to support continuing Reed students pursuing environmentally-themed summer opportunities. These opportunities might include internships at nonprofit agencies or field research internships/training (on or off-campus). A stipend is included for a minimum 10 weeks engagement, with some additional funds possibly available for budgeted travel and supplies.
Esther Hyatt Wender Fund for Collaborative Research in Psychology
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Funding is available from the Esther Hyatt Wender Fund to facilitate and financially support summer research in psychology by teams of Reed College faculty and students.
Evan Rose Fund
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The purpose of this program is to support a summer research project or internship related to urban design and/or architecture.
Financial Services Fellowship
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The Financial Services Fellowship is an award that gives students who are interested in financial services a hands-on experience through an intensive trip to New York City during spring break. Students will meet with people representing a wide range of roles in this industry, including journalists, sales and trading analysts, investment professionals, hedge fund managers, financial analysts and more.
Friedman Japanese-American Studies Summer Research Grant
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The Friedman Japanese-American Studies Summer Research Grant seeks to promote the study of Japanese American history, literature, society or similar topics specifically relevant to Americans of Japanese descent. This grant will support research conducted during the summer break.
GLAM Department Funding
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The GLAM (Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies) Department offers funding to support majors’ research activities and/or further study, both within the US as well as abroad through the Walter Englert Student Opportunity Fund and the Rumpakis/Dussin GLAM Research Fund. These funds are meant to enhance research and educational opportunities for GLAM majors by providing modest support for attendant expenses such as for: the study of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern languages in the US and abroad, and participation on a dig or in field school focused on the study of ancient Mediterranean or Near Eastern material. Funds may also be used for thesis research, faculty-student research, and research trips. Learn more under "Funding" on the GLAM website.
Initiative Grants in Undergraduate Research
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The purpose of this program is to enhance thesis research opportunities for students by providing modest support for research expenses. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Committee.
Jim Kahan Music Performance Summer Fellowship
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A generous gift from Jim Kahan '64 has made possible one or more stipends to enable students to develop or make a major contribution to a music performance during summer break.
John Leonard Adams Fellowship for Collaborative Research in Psychology
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The John Leonard Adams Fellowship supports summer research in psychology by teams of Reed College faculty and students focusing on mental health related topics.
Kaspar T. Locher Summer Creative Scholarships
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Scholarships in the amount of $1800 will support independent work in creative writing, visual arts, theater, dance, and music. Recipients will present the results of their summer projects in the fall semester after their summer project.
Louis and Annette Kaufman Music Achievement Awards
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The Kaufman Music Achievement Award supports excellence in music performance at Reed. Recipients of the award will receive free music lessons for a year, and the award may be renewed for up to four years.
Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest
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A $100 prize is endowed by Reed College in honor of Mary Barnard for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a Reed undergraduate.
Mason Student Opportunity Fellowship
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The purpose of this program is to support first and foremost research work related to the Reed canyon.
Mathematics Department Summer Fellowships
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The Mathematics Department has established two summer research/reading fellowships for summer 2022: the Emmy Noether Memorial Fellowship, and the Professor Thomas Wieting Mathematics and Physics Student Fellowship Fund.
Mendocino Land Trust: Paul Siegel Conservation Internship
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The Paul Siegel Conservation Internship is a ten-week full time internship at the Mendocino Land Trust in northern California made possible by Reed alumnus, Paul Siegel. The internship comes with a $6,000 award.
Neuroscience Research Fellowship (NRF)
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The Neuroscience Research Fellowship is derived generous donation from Zeke Koch a graduate of the Psychology Department in 1995. The Fellowship provides a competitive summer stipend. The intent of the program is to benefit Reed interdisciplinary Neuroscience students by preparing them for thesis, and graduate school or other avenues to a career in neuroscience.
Opportunity Grants
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The purpose of this program is to provide support to undergraduate students in pursuit of academically valuable and pertinent opportunities that arise. The most common use of this grant is to present research at a conference. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Committee.
President’s Summer Fellowship
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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. 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).
Professional Research Opportunity Grant (PROG)
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The purpose of this program is to provide support to alumni within one year of graduation in pursuit of academically valuable and pertinent opportunities that arise. Opportunities must be based off of the applicant's thesis. The most common use of this grant is to present research at a conference. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Committee.
Reed Arts Grant Experience (RAGE)
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This fellowship supports students from the Division of the Arts who seek to engage in original arts history, theory, and/or practice research during the summer. Projects can include research in the studio, archive, and/or rehearsal room, and can be collaborative or solo. Performance/studio projects and history/theory projects are both welcome, as are those that blend genres and approaches. Projects should be grounded in academic rigor and theoretical frameworks. Projects should result in some kind of writing, performance, and/or exhibition of an original nature.
Reed College Science Research Fellowship for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research
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Funding is available from the Reed College Science Research Fellowship (RCSRF) to facilitate and financially support summer research by teams of Reed College faculty and students. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Committee.
Rothchild Summer Stipend for Music Study
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The Music Department of Reed College will sponsor a stipend for music study during the summer.
Ruby-Lankford Grant Program for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in the Humanities
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The goal of this grant program is to spur and support interactive summer research engagement of students and faculty. Funds are directed toward initiatives in History, Literature, and the Humanities. Proposals are expected to be directed explicitly at scholarly research and not at course development. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Committee.
Simpson Fund for Economics Majors
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The Simpson Fund is managed within the economics department. The late William Simpson graduated from Reed in 1942 and went on to a distinguished academic career as an economist. Prior to his death in 1995, Mr. Simpson and his wife Ruth endowed a substantial fund to be used exclusively for the benefit of the Reed Economics Department. The economics faculty has set aside a large share of the Simpson Fund for student support. Examples of the kinds of activities supported by the Simpson Fund in the past are acquisition of costly data for thesis use, partial reimbursement for essential thesis-related travel expenses, and fees and partial travel costs for attending or presenting research at academic conferences. The department may also contribute to registration fees for students who attend academic conferences if the budget allows.
Spring Internship Awards
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The Spring Internship Awards are exclusively for graduating spring/fall seniors, and offer funding to support a range of internship opportunities in the winter/spring after graduation: public sector, not-for-profit, start-up entrepreneurial, etc. Applications for support at for-profit/private sector businesses are generally seen as less competitive unless the applicant can make a clear case as to why the for-profit host is unable to provide funding, and must also comply with Department of Labor guidance. Spring/Fall seniors are eligible to apply for Spring Internship Award funding to secure a first destination after graduation.
Student Opportunity Subsidy (SOS) Grant
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The Reed Student Senate funds opportunities for students through this fund.
Summer Experience Award
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The Summer Experience Award offers Reed students on an F-1 visa the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship focused on an area of interest and possible future employment.
Summer Internship Awards 2022
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The Summer Internship Awards (SIA) offer funding to support unpaid (and underpaid) internship opportunities: public sector, not-for-profit, or other unpaid summer internships. Applications for support at for-profit/private sector businesses are generally not funded unless the application demonstrates that the internship will comply with guidance from the Department of Labor. The SIA offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience relevant to career development, but does not support research. Spring/Fall seniors seeking a winter/spring internship need to apply to the Spring Internship Awards instead.
Summer Opportunity Fellowship Award (SOFA)
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The Opportunity Fellowship provides funding for a student to work with a faculty member at another institution or lab for 10 weeks over the summer. The purpose of this program is to expose Reed students to new environments and opportunities not available on campus. Mentorship should be at the forefront of the project.
Thomas Daniel Sophomore Exploration Fund
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Sophomores can apply to receive funding of up to $500 per school year in support of a range of professional development pursuits.