The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Winter International Travel Fellowship

Important update: 

Due to the current health crisis around COVID-19, Reed College has suspended all college-funded travel, both domestic and international. Additionally, Reed College has decided not to sponsor student travel to foreign countries to which the CDC has attached a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (avoid nonessential travel) due to COVID-19 until further notice. The Department of State has also issued a level 4 global health advisory to reconsider all international travel.

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The Fellowship for Winter International Travel offers you a chance to propose a self-directed project that pursues a passion, a professional development experience, or a service opportunity - complementing your Reed academic career with the opportunity to have a transformative experience that expands your boundaries beyond Reed, beyond the U.S. and into the world! The Fellowship offers up to $3000 for an international project of your own design lasting at least three weeks over winter break. Where will your dreams take you?


  • Who is eligible to apply?
    Currently enrolled students in good academic standing from all classes and majors may apply with the exception of Spring/Fall Seniors who are, unfortunately, *not* eligible as all participants are required to return to campus after their programs.
  • Can I enroll in a course?
    Yes, as long as it is integral to your overall proposed plan.
  • Can former PSF recipients apply?
  • How is this different from departmental funding for thesis research?
    Students from all classes are eligible for Winter International Travel funding and the funding can be used to support a wide range of self-directed projects that offer personal or professional development experiences.
  • Can I develop a joint project with another student?
    No, the $3000 award has proven insufficient to support two students for a three-week international experience. 
  • Are spring/fall seniors eligible to apply?
    Unfortunately, no, the fellowship is designed to support students who will return to Reed following the conclusion of their project.
  • Can international students use this grant to travel to their home countries? 
    Not normally - the award is meant to provide an opportunity to experience a new place.
To Apply

Applications are due no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.

10 minute interviews for select applicants will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2:00 – 5:00pm.

Application Steps

Click HERE to start an application!

Your application needs to include the following:
1. Your resume, in PDF format. Name your resume using the following convention: FirstInitialLastName_ProjectTitle_Year. Example:BHunter_ShrtStryWriting_2018.pdf

2. One confidential letter of recommendation, preferably from a member of the Reed faculty. Provide your references with the link for uploading their letters: Refer your references to CLBR Fellowships with any questions.

3. A detailed project description of no more than 900 words total, consisting of

a. a project summary (no more than 200 words). If selected as a Fellow, the summary will represent your project in various materials.

b. 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.  What benefits, new skills or knowledge will you bring back to the Reed community?  How will you share this experience with the Reed Community?

c. the preparation you've done for your project, including a discussion of any particular skills needed.

d.  a description of the anticipated educational or other outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your future goals.

4. A PDF of a letter of endorsement from your host organization, if applicable

5. Detailed budget of your expenses submitted through the online form 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 letter of recommendation from faculty. Please follow the guidelines carefully.

The proposed timeline is as follows:

  • By November 11, 2019: finalists chosen for interview
  • November 12-15, 2019: finalist interviews
  • November 18, 2019: final decisions announced
  • November:  project planning by awardees
  • December-January:  travel takes place



  • Students who are interested in receiving a fellowship are responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of their own projects. Projects must be completed in a three-week window.
  • Recipients must write at least one blog post for publication during their experience.
  • Recipients will be asked to share their experience and learning with the Reed community and should plan to present at a Poster Session that will be scheduled for second semester.

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 Fellowship for Winter International Travel 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.