Research Funding


Research at Brown (RAB) Grants

Research at Brown (RAB) grants support student-initiated research projects and travel to present their research at conferences. Students may submit proposals for up to $400 of funding at any time. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA)

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. For more information, visit the UTRA homepage.

Interdisciplinary i-Team UTRA (iUTRA)

The Office of the Dean of the College is piloting a new faculty initiated Interdisciplinary Team UTRA (I-Team UTRA). Building upon two successful flagship programs at Brown, the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) summer research programs, the I-Team UTRA will focus on group projects of one or more faculty and two to six students. For more information, please visit the iUTRA homepage.


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 of the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays $1,000 or less before applying for funds.

Students pursuing internships with clinical faculty members are allowed to apply for LINK. The student and supervisor would need to confirm that the student is not working for a Brown sponsored organization or department, is conducting the research in a non-Brown facility, that the research should not be initiated by Brown or be a Brown project, and the student may only know the supervisor in the capacity that they fill a role at the lab (meaning they did not have them as a professor or advisor). For more information, please visit the LINK Award homepage.


The Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Along with funding, the program confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows - a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university. For more information, please visit the Royce Fellowship homepage.


BrownConnect is the newest addition to CareerLAB’s suite of services. BrownConnect serves first-year students, sophomores and juniors who are seeking high-quality internships and research opportunities. BrownConnect provides “one stop shopping” for internship and research opportunities in a wide range of fields and geographical locations, as well as financial support to students in low-paid or unpaid internships. Students will be able to search BrownConnect for internships, research opportunities, and funding offered through and for the Brown community. For more information, please visit the BrownConnect homepage.

For International Students

Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS)

A link to the Curricular Practical Training Application Approval Letter for Biology Concentrators may be found below. For more information, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) at [email protected].