Opportunities for Graduate Students

With questions or ideas regarding engaged scholarship in graduate education, please contact Julie Plaut, 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 2021-22 Graduate Student Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship. This learning community will provide a space for participants to engage–across disciplines, programs, and backgrounds–in conversations about community engagement in their learning, scholarship, and action. Graduate students pursuing any degree in any program at Brown University are welcome. The learning community will offer historical and current insights on community engagement and engaged scholarship. It will connect [and complicate] community engagement efforts with imagining and building anti-racist, de-colonial, and just futures. Participants will learn about approaches, methods, and tools for community engagement and gain Insights into careers in engaged scholarship in and beyond higher education. The learning community also offers the opportunity for shared reflection and networking with community-engaged scholars and practitioners on campus and nationally through guest speakers.

  • You can find the call for participants linked here.
  • Apply here to participate in the 2021/2022 learning community by September 17, 2021.

With questions, please contact Georgina Manok at [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.

AmeriCorps VISTA Graduate Assistant

The AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate will support the programs and initiatives (co)administered by the Swearer Center’s Community Partnership team. 

Communications Graduate Assistant

This graduate student role provides communications support (social media, newsletter, copy editing), ensuring consistency in messaging and branding while broadcasting the work of the Swearer Center and our partners. 

Community Partnership Graduate Assistant

The Program Associate will support the programs and initiatives (co)administered by the Swearer Center’s Community Partnership team. 

Royce Graduate Fellowship

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 2022.

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 2022 postings open in April 2022.

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