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.

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 fall 2019 semester. For further information, please email [email protected].

meet the Royce Fellowship Cohorts

Application Development Phase

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

Spring Semester Fellows Institute:

Selected Fellows spend a period of five days 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:

Selected Fellows receive an award of $4,000 to pursue their proposed research project over the summer. 

Fall Cohort Phase:

In the Fall semester following the project summer, Fellows participate in a set of activities as a cohort including a fall retreat, workshops on applying for post-graduate fellowships and presentations of their findings to the broader campus and Providence community.

The program also 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. 


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. United States’ citizenship is not a determinant of eligibility.

If the proposal requires international travel, the applicant must agree to abide by the university’s protocol and sign a contract and waiver stating such. Students will not be funded to travel to countries on the state department warning list.


Applications for the Royce Fellowship are now closed. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.

A note to recommenders: You have the option to submit either a set of responses to questions posed via the UFunds form or to email a letter of recommendation directly to [email protected], whichever is most convenient for you.


Sage Morgan-Hubbard, Assistant Director, Student Development: [email protected] or 401-863-5289.

Professor Kevin Escudero, Royce Faculty Fellow: [email protected]. Office hours: Thursdays, 2 - 4 p.m. in Nicholson House (71 George St).