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The Royce Fellowship


All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be on campus for at least one full academic year are eligible for the Royce Fellowship Program.

Students who have applied in previous years are welcome to submit applications for the same or a different proposal to the program. Previous applications have no bearing on the candidacy of a current applicant. United States’ citizenship is not a determinant of eligibility.


Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University, 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.

Academic Standing

The Royce Fellowship Program does not employ a baseline standard of academic achievement to determine eligibility: all students in good academic standing who will return to Brown for at least one full academic year are welcome to submit applications. Applicants are asked to submit an academic transcript, not for the grades received, but as evidence of the breadth and depth of scholarship pursued.

International Travel

If the proposal requires international travel, the applicant must agree to abide by the university’s protocol and sign a contract and waiver stating such. Students will not be funded to travel to countries on the state department warning list.

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The Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society


The fellowship is open to all undergraduate student athletes (varsity, club and independent athletes) who have attended Brown for at least one year and who will be returning to Brown for a full academic year. Graduating seniors are not eligible.


The Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society supports innovative research or applied projects conducted by undergraduates who have a record of excellence in academics and athletics. The Fellowship will fund proposals that explore the intersection of sport and human rights within a particular context, e.g., health, education, conflict resolution, public policy, disability rights, and gender equity. Prospective fellows will propose a project that connects their academic and sport interest. If selected, fellows receive an award of $4000 to pursue their proposed project.


After completing the project and returning to campus, fellows will participate in a series of seminars designed to assist them locate the fellowship experience in their educational and personal development. The seminars will also assist students as they produce a body of work inspired by their experience.