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. A small number of Royce Fellowships are focused on supporting innovative, sport-related research projects by student athletes (varsity, club, intramural, independent).

meet the Royce Fellowship Cohorts

Application Development Phase: 

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

Summer Research Phase:

Selected Fellows receive an award of $4000 to pursue their proposed research project over the summer. 

Fall Cohort Phase:

In the Fall semester following the project summer, Fellows will participate in a set of activities as a cohort including:

  • A series of seminar discussions and co-curricular workshops designed to help them integrate the fellowship experience into their broader Brown educational pathway.

  • A cohort-based community engagement project with a community partner.

  • A process of creating and representing a body of work inspired by their experience.

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. Click here to listen to audio stories about our fellows from the past 20 years. 


All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who will be on campus for at least one full academic year are eligible for the Royce Fellowship Program.


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.

The Royce Fellowship Program does not employ a baseline standard of academic achievement to determine eligibility: all students in good academic standing who will return to Brown for at least one full academic year are welcome to submit applications. Applicants are asked to submit an academic transcript, not for the grades received, but as evidence of the breadth and depth of scholarship pursued.

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.

Download Application Guide:



Kevin Escudero, Royce Faculty Fellow,