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Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study at Reed College, USA 2024

Application is now open for the Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study at Reed College. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Reed College and Fellowship

In Portland, Oregon, USA, there is a private liberal arts institution called Reed University. Established in 1908, Reed University is a residential institution situated in the Eastmoreland district. Its campus has Tudor-Gothic style architecture and a natural park situated in a wooded ravine.

Support for up to two Reedies every year to attend a year of graduate study in a broad area of the disciplines covered in the Division of History and Social Sciences at Reed College is provided by the Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study.


The estate of Professor Ed Segel, who taught history at Reed for 38 years until passing away in 2021, funded this award. The Center for Life Beyond Reed oversees the administration of this fellowship. The selection committee is the faculty Fellowships & Awards committee at Reed.

Details about Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study at Reed College:

Scholarship Sponsor: Reed College, USA

Scholarship Value: $50,000

Number of awards: 2

Study level: Fellowship

Host Institution(s): Reed College, USA


Up to two recipients of this fellowship will receive $50,000 in funds annually to help with the cost of attending a graduate program for a year, anywhere in the globe. Any money left over after course or program costs are paid is known as the fellow’s stipend. Fellows are not eligible to seek further funds from this fellowship, and no new grants are available.

It is the fellow’s responsibility to anticipate and pay any applicable taxes. The money might be given to the fellows as a flat sum or in two installments. Fellows are advised to obtain tax guidance from a specialist as Reed College does not offer tax advice.

Eligibility Criteria for Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study

Candidates are advised to meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study at Reed College:

  • A Reed senior who will be graduating (spring or autumn grads are acceptable) or an alumni who will graduate within two years of the application deadline;
  • A national of either Canada or the United States;
  • Enrolling in a graduate school no later than the year after this fellowship’s application deadline.

Fellows will no longer be regarded as Edward B. Segel Fellows and will not receive money if they do not enroll in a graduate program within a year after the fellowship application deadline.

Eligible Opportunities

Recipients are encouraged to spend their year of study abroad, although the fellowship is meant to finance one year of full-time study abroad at an accredited academic institution or program anywhere in the globe.

Eligible Courses and Degree Programs

Courses are qualified for funding if fellows follow these procedures:

  • The fellowship-supported academic year must be focused on globally oriented subjects that fall under the broad purview of the disciplines offered by Reed College’s Division of History and Social Sciences.
  • Study topics must fit into one of two categories:
    • The economics, history, politics, or law of international relations and foreign policy
    • Or the history, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, or law of areas outside the United States and Canada.
  • The fellowship-supported year of study does not have to be a prerequisite for additional graduate work toward a higher degree in academia or the workplace.

To apply for this fellowship, candidates do not need to have been accepted into their degree program. In their fellowship application materials, applicants who have not yet received an offer of admission must, however, show that they are both eligible for the courses or programs they have chosen and that they are strong candidates with a good chance of being accepted into at least one of their choices.

Eligible Degrees

Any graduate degree is qualified as long as the course fits within the eligibility policies.

Selection Criteria

The following standards will be applied by the selection committee while assessing applications:

  • Excellence in scholarship and intelligence
  • Demonstration of interest in and engagement with public affairs, particularly foreign policy and international relations
  • The prospect of future success as a leader in the workplace or society

Longer-term graduate courses or degree programs are not given any advantages or disadvantages throughout the selection process.

There is little preference for this scholarship to be used for studies at universities outside of the US and Canada.

Application Procedure for Edward B. Segel Fellowship for International Study

The application process includes sending two internal letters of recommendation to CLBR via email at clbrfellowships@reed.edu, completing an online waiver, and submitting your application materials to Handshake

Application Documents

Kindly combine the next five application materials into a single PDF file and submit them through Handshake. Put them in the following order of packaging. For merging PDFs, Adobe provides a web tool; alternatively, Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat can be used.

  • Resume

A recent resume or a CV. This should not surpass two letter size pages in length with a minimum 10 pt font.

  • Reed Transcript

Add your transcript from Reed. It is acceptable to use either an official or an informal one. For applications to fellowships, you can get a Reed transcript for free.

  • Academic Statement

A 350-word statement outlining your research interests for graduate school and your post-study professional goals. How will this course of study push your intellectual limits and help you achieve your professional and/or academic objectives?

  • Personal Statement

A 750-word maximum sentence. An examination of how your experiences in school, work, extracurricular activities, and personal life have impacted or formed your interest in and concern for public affairs, international relations, and foreign policy should be included. The way you will apply your abilities and energies to tackle the most important issues facing humanity should also be mentioned.

  • Program List

Indicate the graduate program or courses you would like to enroll in with these funds. Provide information about the program or course title, degree level, name of the school, and URL that takes the reader to a description of the course or program. If you would like, you may list up to three programs.


Letters of Recommendation

It is necessary to have two internal letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate your ability for graduate studies and how well you meet the fellowship’s requirements. These must be submitted by email by the application deadline to clbrfellowships@reed.edu. Only the selection committee and the fellowship administration will see the letters.

Don’t forget to read the advice on requesting letters of recommendation and to give your recommenders several weeks’ notice.


The online waiver form must be filled out to submit your internal application.

What Next?

Within one to two weeks following the application deadline, candidates should receive an email with the outcome of their application, which will be assessed by Reed’s faculty Fellowships & Awards committee.

Before receiving funding, candidates who are chosen as fellows must show CLBR officials that they are enrolled in their graduate program or course. In addition, fellows may be required to submit written materials to support the college’s publicity and stewardship efforts, as well as consent to the terms and conditions associated with the fellowship. The money will be sent out either by cheque or direct deposit, and if needed, it can be divided into two payments.

If they are still qualified, unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent years.

Inquiries? Please contact clbrfellowships@reed.edu

The Submission Deadline is: 17 January 2024

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