Frequently Asked Questions

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What is involved in applying for the Royce Fellowship?

The Royce Fellowship process requires you to submit a five page proposal that includes, a project narrative and a personal narrative. In addition to the 5 pages students must submit a one page budget and timeline as well as a letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor should have disciplinary expertise in the area of the proposed project and the letter should address your capacity to carry out the proposed research plan. Students may submit a one page relevant resume.  A committee of Brown faculty and staff review each proposal and select the 15-20 proposals they believe are the best - there is no interview process. As the committee will never meet you in person the quality of your writing is critical, so expect to revise your essays and proposals multiple times. 

Do I qualify for the Royce Fellowship?

To qualify for a Royce Fellowship you must be a full time student in good standing at Brown. Applicants must agree to stay at Brown for a full academic year following the Fellowship experience. For further details specifically regarding Royce eligibility requirements, please visit the Apply page.

When should I apply for research and fellowships opportunities?

The Royce deadline is in mid-February. We encourage you to begin the application process in the fall by attending information sessions or meeting with the Director.

What are my chances of becoming a Royce Fellow? How competitive is it?

Many external Fellowships like the Marshall, Rhodes and Fulbright are very competitive. The Royce is an internal fellowship meaning it is only open to Brown undergraduate students. On any given year the applicant pool can range from 70 to 125 applicants. To best position yourself as a competitive applicant, read the Fellowship guidelines carefully and, if possible, speak with the Director.

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

Yes, but in most cases you can only accept one award. If you are currently a Mellon Mays Fellow or are receiving funding through an UTRA or Starr Fellowship you should meet with the Director, Kerrissa Heffernan, to discuss possible conflicts.

What kinds of projects does the Royce fund?

Over the years the Royce has funded students projects in a wide range of disciplines, from opera to physics, art criticism to game theory we welcome your big ideas. But keep in mind you need to have the skill sets to carry out the proposed research.To see abstracts from former fellows please visit the 'Fellows by Year' section. So see where fellows have gone in the world please visit the 'map'.