Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society

Deadline 02/07/2017
Contact Kerrissa Heffernan


“Sport can play a role in improving the lives of individuals, not only individuals…but whole communities. I am convinced that the time is right to build on that understanding, to encourage governments, development agencies and communities to think how sport can be included more systemically in the plans to help children, particularly those living in the midst of poverty, disease and conflict.” Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Sport and Society Fellowship recognizes Brown University undergraduates who have a record of excellence in academics and sport, supporting these student-athletes to embark on innovative research or applied projects, exploring the intersection of sport and human rights within a particular context.  

Fellows’ areas of research may include health, education, conflict resolution, public policy, disability rights, race, gender or ethnicity.  The Fellowship supports reflection and inquiry by inspiring fellows to connect their scholarly work with that of their peers and designated faculty, staff and community leaders.  Faculty and community advisors are available to meet with Fellows, including Eli Wolff, '00, a Visiting Fellow in Sport and Development and former Director of Research at the Center for Sport and Society.

This initiative was established in 2007 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University and parent of two Brown graduates. Mr. Royce, president of Royce Funds, has served as a University trustee since 1989 and is an active member of several university committees, including director of the Sports Foundation.


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.


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.

Recipients of the Royce Sport and Society Fellowship are also awarded lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows, which supports reflection and inquiry by encouraging members to connect their scholarly work with that of their peers, faculty sponsors and scholars in the field of sport and development.


Applicants are encouraged to meet with Kerri Heffernan, the Director, to discuss their proposals and if necessary to seek support with placements.

Complete the application in UFunds, by 5pm on February 7, 2017

To learn more about the Fellowship and to see a sample application go to: 


Additional Information

‘PREFERRED PROJECTS’: There is no one project type or body thereof that defines a ‘preferred project.’ The program makes no determination on a project’s merit based on its area of focus or political orientation. Instead, the Selection Committee looks to the quality of its content, its relevance to the applicant’s own educational experience, and its feasibility given the stated action plan and budget.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The Royce Fellowship Program does not have a standard policy regarding the negotiation of intellectual property. For the most part, the program will not exert any intellectual property rights related to work a fellow undertakes as part of the fellowship. The program does, however, request a copy of the fellow’s work for the Royce library and archives. Concerns about intellectual property can be discussed with program staff and should be addressed with the faculty or staff advisor before the fellow begins her or his work.

RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS: Projects involving human subjects research must be approved by Brown’s Institutional Review Board, (IRB). Applicants must be in the process of review or be approved before the Royce selection committee can award funding. Brown has clear guidelines on human subjects, which can be found here:

www.brown.edu/administration/research-administration/IRB.html . Since faculty sponsors must be the principal investigators in all IRB reviewed proposals, applicants should consult with their faculty sponsor early in the application process.