Opportunities for Graduate Students

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

Learning Communities on Community-Engaged Scholarship

Graduate students are invited to participate in five 2019-20 learning communities. These year-long 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 related to community-engaged teaching and research. Four groups are open to any faculty, graduate students or others in instructional roles, while one is exclusively for graduate students:

  • Community-Based Learning and Research Course Design
  • Refugees/Immigration/Displacement
  • STEM Engagement with K-12 Education
  • Anti-Racist Engaged Pedagogy
  • Graduate Student Learning Community on Engaged Scholarship

For more details, including the facilitators and meeting dates/times, see the call for participants

Very short applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 10, 2019. With questions, please contact jesús hernández ([email protected]) or Julie Plaut ([email protected]).

Fellowships with the Swearer Center

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

Royce Graduate Fellowship - 2019-20 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. Graduate fellows will contribute to the ongoing research agenda of the Swearer Center’s College and University Engagement Initiative and to the growing faculty engagement work that the Swearer Center leads at Brown University and with other higher education institutions. Fellows work up to 10 hours/week throughout the academic year. The priority deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on September 30, 2019.

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 through fifth/sixth years of studies during the fellowship period. The fellowship aims to involve doctoral students in research on the community engagement in higher education field both nationally and internationally. These graduate fellows dedicate up to 20 hours/week contributing to the ongoing research agenda of the Swearer Center’s College and University Engagement Initiative. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through 5:00 pm on October 20, 2019, for fellowships starting in January 2020.

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.

Engaged Scholarship Award (for Graduate Students)

Each year, at its graduation ceremony on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the Swearer Center recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with commencement awards. The deadline for nominations will be in mid-April 2020.

The Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students recognizes a Brown graduate student (PhD, Masters, 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 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.

In 2019, the Engaged Scholarship Award (for Graduate Students) was presented to Laura Garbes.