Royce Fellowship

Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, '61, the Royce Fellowship supports Brown undergraduates as they carry out independent engaged research projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Fellows conduct their research under the supervision of a faculty member and as part of an interdisciplinary cohort of students from across the university.

The program confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows - a community of student scholars, faculty fellows and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry and intellectual engagement within the university. 

Applicants from all concentrations are welcome, but the fellowship does require the support of a faculty mentor and that recipients be in residence at Brown for the fall semester. For further information, please email [email protected].

meet the Royce Fellowship Cohorts

Application Development Phase

In the spring semester, prospective applicants work with Swearer Center staff to develop and propose an engaged scholarship research project. Selection occurs in the Spring semester.

*The Swearer Center is hosting two virtual application writing workshops for the Royce Fellowship on February 17 and March 4. For more information, please click here.

Spring Semester Fellows Institute:

Once selected, Fellows participate in an orientation, getting to know one another and preparing to embark on their individual research projects by discussing key questions related to the research process.

Summer Research Phase:

Fellows receive an award of $4,000 to pursue their proposed research project over the summer. Fellows participate in regular cohort meetings throughout the summer to discuss progress and troubleshoot.

Fall Cohort Phase:

In the Fall semester following the project summer, fellows participate (as a cohort) in a fall retreat and workshops on applying for post-graduate fellowships and crafting presentations.

Fall/ Spring Presentations:

Fellows present their findings (in either Fall or Spring semesters) to the broader campus and Providence community.


All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who will return to Brown for at least one full semester following the summer in which they conduct their research are eligible to apply to the Royce Fellowship.*

Students who have applied in previous years are welcome to submit applications for the same or a different proposal to the program. Previous applications have no bearing on the candidacy of a current applicant. U.S. citizenship is not a determinant of eligibility.

If the proposal requires international travel, the applicant must agree to sign a contract and waiver stating that they will abide by the university’s protocols. Students will not be funded to travel to countries on the State Department's warning list.

*Please note: due to the three-term 2020-21 academic year, students enrolled in the summer 2021 semester are not able to simultaneously undertake the research required of a Royce Fellow. We welcome your applications in next year's cycle and encourage you to reach out to Swearer staff and potential faculty mentors to plan ahead.


The 2021 Royce Fellowship application is open in UFunds from December 14, 2020 to the March 15, 2021 deadline.
You may view a .pdf of the application form here.

The Swearer Center is hosting two virtual application writing workshops for the Royce Fellowship on February 17 and March 4. For more information, please click here.


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jesús hernández, Assistant Director, Engaged Scholarship