Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Swearer Center hosts several fellowships and work opportunities for graduate students. Please click the links below to learn more about current opportunities, application process, and deadlines. With questions regarding these opportunities, please contact Georgina Manok, Senior Director of Strategy and Assessment ([email protected]).

Royce Graduate Student Research Awards

The Swearer Center invites graduate students currently enrolled in a masters' or doctoral degree program at Brown to apply for a Royce Graduate Student Research Award of up to $5,000. These awards support expenses related to community-engaged research, as well as the creation of a product, analysis, or other outcome that will be shared with a community partner and/or disseminated to broader public audiences. Students must submit a research proposal, budget, and letters of support from their faculty advisor and (where applicable) their community partner by November 1, 2023.

Apply here.

Please direct questions to [email protected]

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, and/or operations support. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate students (in any program/year) at Brown University for the academic year. Applications for the summer 2023-2024 are now closed. More academic year roles may be available in August/September.

Fellowships with the Swearer Center

Graduate Proctorship in Community-Engaged Scholarship

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, and/or organizational change. Applications are currently closed. Please contact Georgina Manok, Senior Director of Strategy and Assessment ([email protected]) with questions about this fellowship.

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. 


2022: Margaret Unverzagt Goddard
2021: Jocelyn Bell and Scarlett Bergam
2020: prabhdeep singh kehal and Anar Parikh
2019: Laura Garbes
2018: Meg Caven

Learning Community on Community-Engaged Scholarship

This learning community provides a space for graduate students 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 offers historical and current insights on community engagement and engaged scholarship. It connects [and complicates] community engagement efforts with imagining and building anti-racist, de-colonial, and just futures. Participants 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 2022/2023 call for participants linked here