Graduate Fellowship in Community Engaged Scholarship

The Swearer Center at Brown University invites application for a graduate fellowship in community engaged scholarship. This one-year renewable fellowship is open to doctoral students with a focus on social science research related to community engagement, higher education, community development, assessment, organizational change and/or professional networks and field building. The position is available for doctoral students in their third-fifth years of studies during the fellowship period.

The fellowship aims to involve graduate doctoral students in research on the community engagement in higher education field both nationally and internationally. Graduate fellows will contribute to the ongoing research agenda of the Swearer Center’s College and University Engagement Initiative.

Launched in 2016, the College and University Engagement initiative aims to advance the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education and community engagement and social innovation networks.

The Swearer Center intentionally cultivates synergies advancing community engagement and social innovation at Brown University, nationally and internationally. The initiative works toward participatory field-building and identifies exemplary community engagement to make visible as models. Our current partners include the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Siena College Research Institute and Campus Compact. 

Responsibilities & Expected Hours

The fellow serves as a researcher along with a team led by the Swearer Center’s Director of Faculty Engagement and Research and the Assistant Dean of the College. 

Fellows will be appointed to a proctorship for the Fall and Spring, with a commitment of up to 20 hours/week. Summer funding may be possible.


Brown doctoral students entering their third year or later in the social sciences are invited to apply. Priority will be given to applicants with research work related to higher education.

Funding and Award

The stipend for this fellowship is $30,000/academic year. If applicable, health insurance, dental insurance and coverage of the health services fee would be provided by the Graduate School.

Application Process and Submission Deadline

  • A Statement of Purpose (maximum 2-page statement) detailing:
    • Current status as a graduate student (year, expected graduation date, competing employment or academic demands expected in 2017/8)
    • Your interest in the position, experience working in research projects, knowledge of higher education research, interest and involvement in community and civic engagement
  • A writing sample (5 page stand-alone sample or excerpt from a longer paper)
  • A current CV
  • A letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty member (preferably from faculty advisor)
  • A short message of support from the applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies

Send these items as one .pdf document via email to Georgina Manok, Assistant Director for Research & Assessment ([email protected]) with the subject line: [Graduate Fellowship_Last Name]


  • by 5:00 pm on April 26 for Proctorships starting in the Fall semester (September start date) -
  • by 5:00 pm on October 20 for Proctorships starting in the Spring semester (January start date) Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Learn more about what our current fellows are doing in articles on the Graduate School website and in the Brown Daily Herald.