Royce Fellowship FAQ

What is involved in applying for the Royce Fellowship?

The Royce Fellowship process requires students to submit a proposal that includes a project narrative and a personal narrative, as well as responses to a series of questions regarding their proposed fellowship project. In addition to the short answer responses, students are asked to submit a budget and letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor should have disciplinary expertise in the area of the proposed project and the letter should address the student's capacity to carry out the proposed research plan.

A committee of Brown faculty and staff review each proposal and select the 15-20 proposals they believe are the best - there is no interview process. As the committee will never meet you in person, the quality of your writing is critical. Expect to revise your essays and proposals multiple times. For writing support, please visit the Writing Center Page.

Do I qualify for the Royce Fellowship?

To qualify for a Royce Fellowship you must be a full-time student in good standing at Brown. Applicants must agree to stay at Brown for one semester following the Fellowship experience. Students do not need to be U.S. citizens to apply for the Fellowship. For further details specifically regarding Royce eligibility requirements, please email Royce Fellowship Faculty Director, Professor Kevin Escudero.

When should I apply for research and fellowship opportunities, such at the Royce Fellowship?

The 2018 application cycle will open in early spring each semester. We encourage you to begin the application process in the fall by attending information sessions or meeting with the Royce Fellowship Faculty Director and/or Graduate Assistant. The Curricular Resource Center's Fellowships, Internships and Research (CRC FIRe) coordinator can also advise students about the Royce as well as many other research and fellowship opportunities. For more information, please visit the CRC's FIRe Page.

What are my chances of becoming a Royce Fellow? How competitive is it?

Many external fellowships like the Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright are very competitive. The Royce is an internal fellowship meaning it is only open to Brown undergraduate students. On any given year the applicant pool can range from 70 to 125 applicants. To best position yourself as a competitive applicant, speak with the Faculty Director.

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

Yes, but in most cases, you can only accept one award. If you are currently a Mellon Mays Fellow or are receiving funding through an UTRA or Starr Fellowship you should meet with Royce Faculty Director, Professor Kevin Escudero to discuss possible conflicts.

What kinds of projects does the Royce Fellowship fund?

Over the years the Royce Fellowship has funded students projects in a wide range of disciplines: from opera to physics, art criticism to game theory, we welcome your big ideas. But keep in mind you need to have the skill set to carry out the proposed research. To see abstracts from former fellows please visit our Meet the Royce Fellowship Cohorts section. To see where fellows have gone in the world, please visit the Royce Map.