Brown University sponsors a variety of active partnerships and exchanges with other institutions and programs. For example, the University participates in an Exchange Scholar Program that enables advanced graduate students to study for one or two semesters in the graduate school of participating institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. The exchange provides graduate students with the opportunity to draw upon the particular strengths of the exchange institution and to explore their discipline from a different perspective.

Brown University's Office of Global Engagement sponsors the Global Mobility Program: Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides up to $13,000 to Brown University doctoral students who seek to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research abroad during one summer or academic semester.

Brown University also enjoys institutional affiliations with a number of relevant international centers and institutions.