Storytellers Fellowship

Built on the foundation developed by the Storytellers for Good program, for the past three years, the Storytellers Fellowship has provided opportunities for students to explore the social issues that matter most to them, deepen their narrative skills, and practice storytelling as a means to enact meaningful change. Supported by technical workshops, peer learning, and community conversations, students spend the academic year planning, drafting, and revising stories across a range of media and platforms.

meet the Storytellers Fellowship Cohorts

Students apply in the spring for fellowships in the following academic year, which begin with a required orientation retreat in late August.

Required monthly cohort meetings provide opportunities for group reflection, peer feedback, and ongoing learning. Most monthly meetings will include guest speakers and presenters drawn from local and regional networks, to provide technical skill-building workshops and offer real-world insights into community-engaged writing and research practices.

Fellows work closely with the Storytellers Faculty Fellow at the beginning of the fellowship year to set individual goals and workplans. Depending on their areas of focus (see below), students work with other faculty and Swearer Center staff as appropriate.

Storytellers Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000 for the academic year.

For more information on this program, read our FAQ.

Areas of Focus

The Storytellers Fellowship can accommodate a wide range of interests and expertise. Students can specify areas of interest (e.g., communications, long-form narrative journalism, audio storytelling or podcasting, video, etc.) on their application and submit any relevant work samples.

In addition, students should note the following special opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Students with particular interest in podcasting and environmental issues may apply to work on the Possibly podcast, a special partnership program with the Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society.
  • Students interested in public policy should be aware of the partnership between the Storytellers Fellows and the Brown in Washington program. Students should apply to the Brown in Washington program by the April 3 deadline and note their interest in the Storytellers Fellowship on their application.

All Storytellers Fellows will develop individual goals and workplans for the fellowship year, which will specify the type, frequency, and deadlines for their stories. For example, students may work with Swearer Center staff to develop a series of stories for use in the Swearer Center’s print or digital communications platforms. Students with literary nonfiction experience may wish to identify a single, long-form piece on a specific issue to work on over the course of the year, with the goal of submitting it for publication. All Fellows will be expected to maintain an online portfolio of their work and complete final written reflections on their experiences.


Students apply in the spring for the following academic year. The year-long commitment requires considerable effort and time and students should consider this commitment carefully in light of their academic course loads and other responsibilities.

Fellows can expect to spend 6-8 hours weekly on their fellowship responsibilities, which include:

  • Preparing for and attending cohort meetings;
  • Planning, developing, and producing stories;
  • Meetings with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Developing, documenting, and assessing goals and outcomes; and
  • ​Developing and presenting a summary of their fellowship year for a public audience.

We are currently not accepting applications to the Storytellers Fellowship. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.


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

Mary-Kim Arnold, Faculty Fellow: [email protected] or (401) 863-3726.