BrownConnect centralizes and features a number of Brown University affiliated competitive scholarship programs and external funding sources. These funding sources offer full or partial funding for a range of summer experiences. Funding is limited and the deadlines are early, so start your process far in advance. Check out the Brown specific programs below for more information and to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.

BrownConnect LINK – Linking Internships & Knowledge

Each year, Brown awards stipends to rising seniors, juniors, and seniors pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. Details about the program, including important programs and deadlines, are on the LINK program page.   

Messing Family Fellowship

The Messing Family Public Service Fellowship provides funding for students pursuing internships that develop their understanding of public education in the U.S. and their own interest and career possibilities in education.   

The Fellowship is available for both semester and summer internships. For more information and deadlines, visit the 
Messing program page.


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. 

For more information about UTRA Awards, please visit their website

Fellowships and Research at Brown

Fellowships at Brown represent university-sponsored programs including nationally competitive fellowships that fund faculty-student research collaborations, unpaid internships, independent research and travel, and post-baccalaureate work or study both in the United States and abroad. You will find information about the range of opportunities at Brown as well as selected external awards of potential interest to Brown students on their website.


UFunds coordinates applications for funding from the Dean of the College, the President's Office, the Office of International Affairs, and Campus Life. You will find opportunities here for members of the Brown community, including undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. 

Visit the UFUNDS site to view additional funding opportunities.

External Sources of Funding

BrownConnect is students’ best resource when it comes to funding; however, there are some external options worth exploring as well.

Brown has a number of competitive scholarship programs that offer full or partial funding for unpaid or low-pay internships. The money always runs out, though, especially for summer internships. So start your process early. Check out the programs below to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.

For a full list of these options, click here.

Work Study

The Off Campus Federal Work-Study (OCFWS) program enables undergraduate federal work-study award recipients to seek paid employment with organizations working for the common good. The program pays a share of a student’s salary, with the community agency paying the remainder,  while providing opportunities to students to learn from and contribute to a not-for-profit organization. Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing and eligible to participate in the Off Campus Federal Work-Study program.  Contact:

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Students are also encouraged to research external sources of funding. Finding and securing funding outside of Brown can require a lot of effort and time; the earlier you start searching and applying, the better.