Grants and Fellowships

This list includes only Brown-sponsored awards. Please visit Fellowships at Brown for a more comprehensive list.

DO NOT rely on the deadline dates listed here. Verify deadlines with individual grants. 

The Global Health Initiative Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Benefits: $3,500 maximum.
The Framework Global Health Scholarship enables students (undergraduate, MPH, medical and PhD), fellows and trainees to pursue global health research at an international site for 8 weeks. 

Brazil Community Health Fellows Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014
Benefits: $4,000 maximum.
With support  from Brown University’s Brazil Initiative,  the Brazil Community Health Fellowships will enable students and trainees to work on community-based research and service projects for a minimum of eight    weeks, starting in July 2014. Fellows will participate in formal internships with    non-profit agencies and the Institute of Collective Health at the Federal University of Bahia.

Brown International Scholars Program
Deadline: January 28, 2014
Benefits: $5000
Eligibility: Open to first years, sophomores and juniors. 
The Brown International Scholars Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to make international studies an integral part of their Brown curriculum through research, public service or other independently designed projects. The program creates an enhanced context for students to probe the challenges and opportunities of international engagement through reflection and dialogue with a community of scholars, faculty mentors and community leaders.

C.V. Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship
Deadline: Dec 27, 2013
Benfits: $4000
Eligibility: For rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who will be on campus for at least one year.

Royce Fellowships
Deadline: February 10, 2014
Benefits: $4000
Eligibility: For a student to pursue a research, curricular development, or public service project of his or her own design. For rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who will be on campus for at least one year.

Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society
Deadline: February 10, 2014
Benefits: Up to $4000
Recipients will receive financial support to undertake a research, curricular or public service project of their choosing to be carried out over the summer or during the academic year.

The Fellowship is open to all student-athletes (varsity, club, intramural). Applicants must be rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be on campus for at least one full academic year following the fellowship.

Dean's Discretionary Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Dean of the College will consider requests to fund undergraduate research projects that fall outside the boundaries of other research award programs. Students will normally have exhausted all other University grant sources before seeking support from the Dean. Special requests of all sorts are considered, but projects that incorporate an international or global component are especially encouraged.

Students who wish to request a discretionary grant should write a short proposal that explains the nature of the research, the steps involved in completing the research project, and the grant sources that have already been petitioned. Students should then speak with Dean Bergeron during her open hours on Wednesday afternoon.

Research at Brown Grant
Deadline: Rolling 
Benefits: up to $500
Research at Brown (RAB) grants support student-initiated research projects in the sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts. The Program supports student research and travel to present papers at conferences.

The RAB budget is divided into spring and fall allocations. When each semester's allocations are spent, new applications cannot be considered until the next funding cycle. Students are therefore encouraged to submit proposals as early as possible. Dean Oludurotimi Adetunji oversees the RAB Grant. The primary contact for queries about the application can be directed to

Watson Senior Thesis Travel Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Benefits: Up to $2000
Eligible applicants for summer 2013 research travel are concentrators in International Relations (IR) and Development Studies (DS) who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis. 
Complete an application.

Jack Ringer Summer in South Asia Fellowship
Deadline: TBD
Benefits: $3500
The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship, administered by the Watson Institute for International Studies, is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52, who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award provides Brown students with up to $3,500 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.

Interested students are responsible for developing their own projects or finding their own internship opportunities. Funding will be provided only for unpaid opportunities and will not cover fees to participate in study abroad, exchange or other similar programs (e.g., Amigos). Students who are awarded and accept the Ringer Fellowship may not accept other University summer funding. The number of students funded and the amount of funding per student will depend on the number of applicants and the nature of the internship or research.

The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship
Deadline: TBD
Benefits: $3500
The Marla Ruzicka International Fellowship is awarded annually by the Watson Institute for International Studies. The award provides $3,500 to support the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.

Such characteristics were the defining traits of Marla Ruzicka's remarkable and all-too-brief life. A dedicated human rights activist, she arrived in Afghanistan shortly after the fall of the Taliban to record the effects of conflict on civilian communities. She lobbied diligently and effectively to seek compensation for those families whose homes had been destroyed in the Afghan conflict. From Afghanistan, Marla went to Iraq. She founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), which was dedicated to assisting civilian victims of the conflict in Iraq. Marla's compassion and dedication touched all who met her, and her tragic death in April 2005 was deeply felt by those who had benefited from her selfless work.

The Cogut Center for the Undergraduate Fellowships
Deadline: March 10, 2014
The Cogut Center for the Humanities inaugurated academic-year-long Undergraduate Fellowships each year for Brown undergraduate students in the humanities. Rising junior and senior honors students are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Fellows are expected to participate actively in the Cogut Center's regularly scheduled Fellows' Seminars and other center events. Undergraduate Fellowships provide an enhanced context for advanced honors students, including the opportunity for presentation of work and the benefits of critique from an exciting group of Cogut Center Faculty Fellows, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Fellows and Distinguished Visiting Fellows.

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards
Deadline: Spring November 15, Summer February 10
Benefits: $3000 - $4000
Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. Named for the dean who launched the program in the 1980s, UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and that contributes directly to course development at Brown.

Students translate their academic knowledge into hands-on practice that results in the production of new knowledge. Faculty benefit from the assistance and perspectives undergraduates bring to their work.

Creative Arts Council Student Grants
Deadline: Fall Deadline TBA
Benefit: $1000

The Student Grant Program supports undergraduate or graduate student projects involved in the study, critique, or production of the creative arts. Grants are offered once per semester for funds available during the current semester. Funds may not be used for student travel, lodging, or stipends. Student Grants are offered each semester for funds available during the current semester. Maximum award: $1,000. Applications available on September 9 at UFUNDS. (click Student/CAC Student Grants)

Voss Environmental Fellows Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014
Benefit: $3500
The Voss Environmental Fellows Program is a different kind of independent research experience, introducing undergraduate researchers to the dynamic interface between environmental scholarship, policy, and practice. Student-faculty-practitioner teams develop research projects to meet shared objectives – directing scientific discovery into channels that will inform current and future management choices.

Brown Venture Launch Fund
The Brown Venture Launch Fund (BVLF) serves the Brown community by encouraging student entrepreneurs to take their ideas and make them into new ventures. The fund is a collaborative project involving the Office of the Dean of the College, the Brown Entrepreneurship Program, and the Social Innovation Initiative. The Brown Venture Launch Fund will provide seed money for new ventures at the earliest stages when funding is so difficult to secure from investors. The fund offers promising ventures the opportunity to apply for three levels of progressively increasing funding using a gated award system. At the first level funding and support will be used to test assumptions or prove hypotheses embedded within venture plans. The second and third stages of funding will be used to bring products and services to market and assist ventures in achieving scale and impact.

The Brown Venture Launch Fund is not a business plan competition. Applicants with strong ideas will have an opportunity to further refine their venture plans via Peer Critique sessions and other resources available at Brown University. All that is required of applicants at the first level is clear understanding of a problem or opportunity, a vision or plan for a project or venture to fill this need, and a readiness to take action. Ventures will typically begin with a $500 or $1,500 Explore award - then to the Brown Venture Labs to further develop their business.

Deadline: March 21, 2014, last round April 25, 2014
Benefit: $3000

Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays less than $1,000 before applying for funds. 
The Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, and the Office of Financial Aid and administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

Fulbright Fellowships (Department of Education)
Deadline: August 26, 2013

Open to graduating seniors and alumni who want to carry out a year long research or teaching project abroad. Must be a US citizen.

International Affairs Undergraduate Student Fund
Deadline: Rolling

Benefits: unspecified

The International Affairs Undergraduate Student Fund can accommodate many diverse interests and types of projects, on-campus events and short-term travel grants. Please contact Barbara Sardy for more information.