Opportunities for Graduate Students

With questions or ideas regarding engaged scholarship in graduate education, please contact Julie Plaut, the Swearer Center’s Director of Engaged Scholarship, at [email protected] or 401-863-6282.

Learning Communities on Community-Engaged Scholarship

Graduate students are invited to participate in the 2020-21 learning communities on community-engaged scholarship. These cohorts provide the opportunity for small groups of colleagues to build and sustain intellectual community through discussion of key themes, best practices, and their own experiences and questions.

Spring 2021 topics:
- Engaging with K-12 Education (anyone with an instructional role)
- Graduate Student Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship (exclusive to grad students)

You can find the call for participants on: bit.ly/swearerlc
- Apply to participate in a Spring 2021 learning community by February 9 at bit.ly/GradLC21​ 

With questions, please contact jesús hernández ([email protected]) or Julie Plaut ([email protected]).

Fellowships with the Swearer Center

The Swearer Center hosts several fellowships and work opportunities for graduate students. Please click the links below to learn more about the application process and deadlines.

Royce Graduate Fellowship - 2020-21 Academic Year

These academic fellowships, funded by the Royce Fund for Engaged Scholarship, are open to Master’s students in any year interested in exploring intersections of community engagement, higher education, assessment, community agency, and public health. This fellowship aims to involve Master’s students in research on community engagement in the higher education field. We are not currently accepting applications. 

Graduate Fellowship in Community-Engaged Scholarship (no application cycle for 2021/2022)

This one-year renewable fellowship is open to doctoral students (3rd year+) 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. Applications open in February.

With questions about these fellowships, please contact Georgina Manok, Assistant Director of Research and Assessment ([email protected]).

Meet the current Swearer Center Graduate Fellows and Assistants.

Academic Year & Summer Employment (for graduate students in all years/programs)

These roles may include program administration, workshop design and facilitation, communications and outreach, research, assessment, community partnership support, operations support, among other things. These positions are paid on an hourly or stipend basis and can be found through the Swearer Center’s website and the student employment portal. Summer and Fall 2021 postings open in April.

Engaged Scholarship Award (for Graduate Students)

The Swearer Center recognizes our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with four annual student awards.

The Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students recognizes a Brown graduate student (PhD, Master’s, MD or other graduate programs) who has made community-engaged scholarship integral to their graduate experience. The award honors a graduate student whose research, teaching, and service activities exemplify the idea of community-engaged scholarship, understood as collaborative inquiry between university and community partners grounded in the values of reciprocity, mutual respect, and the co-creation of knowledge and/or creative activities. 

2021: Jocelyn Bell and Scarlett Bergam
2020: prabhdeep singh kehal and Anar Parikh
2019: Laura Garbes
2018: Meg Caven