Chuck Royce

Unique and Bold!

The Royce Fellowship represents the creativity, scholarship, and leadership that are hallmarks of Brown. It is a true reflection of its founder, Chuck Royce, whose dedication and affection for Brown continues to inspire. 

Brown University has a proud history of supporting undergraduate research, but what truly distinguishes the Royce Fellowship is its emphasis on community and dialogue. This is a great credit to Chuck Royce, who understands that scholars should feel compelled to articulate the public value of their work to a broad range of people. Universities are places of deep and resourceful thinking, and their knowledge should be accessible to those beyond the university gates. We are very proud of the contributions that Royce Fellows have made to the University and the world.

Charles (Chuck) Royce is a 1961 Brown graduate and the parent of two Brown graduates. He is President of Royce Funds and is highly involved in historic preservation and economic development efforts regionally and nationally. In 2019, he was inducted into the RI Heritage Hall of Fame in recognition of his leadership in rehabilitating the Ocean House, the Weekapaug Inn, and many other major landmarks in his adopted town of Westerly, RI. 

An emeritus member of the Brown Corporation, Chuck’s service to the Brown community has been far-reaching including tenures on the President’s Leadership Council, the Investment Committee of the Corporation, and Vice Chair for the Campaign for Academic Enrichment among other high-level volunteer committees. 

"The research I began as a Royce Fellow has turned into my life's work. Thank you for putting me on a path to something that I love doing, where I wake up happy to go to work every morning. Thank you for the 34 distinct countries that I have been able to visit and the dozens of languages I have researched in these places. Thank you for the other Royce Fellows who remain some of my closest friends no matter where we live in the world." 

Elizabeth Allyn Smith, Professor of Linguistics, University of Toronto