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Graduate Community Fellows Program

The Graduate School, with the generous support of the Office of Global Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Provost, invites graduate students to apply to be fellows in the Graduate Community Fellows Program.

Program Details

What is the Graduate Community Fellows Program?
Administered by the Graduate School, the program was first launched in 2016-17 with the generous support of the Office of Global Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Provost. The program is an opportunity for graduate students to cultivate community as well as leadership, collaboration, and problem solving skills through developing and implementing initiatives that strengthen the Brown graduate community and foster a culture that respects and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity.

What does a Graduate Community Fellow do?

  • Design and implement community-building initiatives for graduate students falling under one of the following areas: Race & Social Justice, International Community, Wellness & Health, Family-Friendly, and Master’s Student Community.
  • Pairs receive peer feedback, guidance from GCF program coordinator and campus resources and partners as they create and implement their initiatives.
  • Provide feedback and assessment on initiatives through mid-year and end-of-year program evaluation.

Initiatives may be speaker events, seminar series, networking events, series of community gatherings, discussion groups, workshops, or student community serving resources. Initiatives may build upon previous Fellows’ initiatives and/or incorporate similar programming or resources to create continuity in community building and resources from one year to the next. In this case, applicants to the program should address in their applications how they are expanding upon previous initiatives and contributing new elements. See  examples of past initiatives and descriptions.

Each initiative should aim to strengthen graduate student community, to celebrate diversity, promote belonging and inclusion, and connect individuals across disciplines.

In addition, each Fellow receives an award of $2000 for one academic year. ($1000 awards are disbursed each semester, Fall and Spring). International students who are Community Fellows should register with FNIS before receiving any payments and should note award amounts are affected by tax treaty agreements of the student’s home country with the United States. 

Each pair of Fellows receives funding for initiatives up to $1500; though request for additional funding for initiatives that are larger in scope may be considered.

When do the Graduate Community Fellows implement their initiatives?
Mid-October through Mid-May. Graduate Community Fellows are selected in mid-Oct. and will have the remainder of the academic year to design and implement their initiatives.

Who Can Apply?
International & domestic, doctoral & master’s students who are registered full time in the academic year, 2018-19, and are in good academic standing.

Previous Graduate Community Fellows are welcome to apply though preference will be given to new applicants. Previous fellows should also contact the program coordinator about interest before applying.

Important consideration for prospective applicants: Students interested in applying should thoughtfully consider how they will balance academic pursuits and personal responsibilities and with active engagement as a Community Fellow. Time commitments to the planning, coordination and implementation of initiatives will vary and is determined by the Fellows themselves.

How to Apply
Apply through UFunds. Deadline Sept. 23, 2018, 11:45 pm.

Find the application to the Graduate Community Fellows Program 2018-19 listed under “Graduate School Distinctive Opportunities” category in Ufunds.

Students may apply in pairs or individually.

  • Where students apply individually, the selection committee will match applicants based on their areas of interest.
  • Where students apply in pairs, students should identify the individual with whom they will work. Both applicants must submit applications.

Application components

UFUNDS application: Students should prepare the following for the UFunds application:

  • PDF copy of your CV/resume, highlighting relevant experiences.
  • Description of an initiative you would like to implement as a Fellow. Include goals, anticipated outcomes and challenges, and discussion of feasibility. (Please note your initiative may be modified or further refined, if selected as fellow. In this application, we would still like to gauge your goals, expectations, and your ability to think through any challenges in initiative development and implementation.) Initiatives may build upon previous Fellows’ initiatives and/or incorporate similar programming or resources; if this is the case, applicants to the program should address in their applications how they are expanding upon previous initiatives and contributing new elements.
  • Explanation of how your proposed initiative strengthens graduate student community, celebrates diversity, promotes belonging and inclusion, and connects individuals across disciplines.
  • Description of how you will manage your role as a Fellow with your academic and other pursuits this year.
  • Explanation of how being a Community Fellow will help you meet your professional goals and/or enrich your graduate experience.

Faculty and DGS Support: Students should also request email endorsement messages be sent directly to graduate_dean@brown.edu, confirming that you are a full-time registered graduate student, in good academic standing. These messages should be provided by:

  • Faculty Advisor (if primary advisor has been assigned/selected)
  • Director of Graduate Study

First-year graduate students or any graduate student with no primary advisor selected may request a message of support and standing from their director of graduate studies.

Emails from DGS and advisors should be received no later than one week after the application submission deadline. 

Community Fellows selections will be selected based on:

  • demonstrated leadership and organizational experiences, including event planning or organizational experience for departments or student groups and  resource development for community purposes, or other relevant experiences
  • interest and commitment to one or more of this year’s program areas
  • understanding of graduate student interests and requests; experience with student interests
  • feasibility and scope of proposed initiative as well as outline of goals, expected outcomes, approach, and perceived challenges

(Students should be aware that if selected, proposed initiatives may be modified and further refined.)

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee that includes graduate students and representatives of the Graduate School and Campus Life.

When to Apply
Application Deadline: September 23, 2018.

For questions please contact Associate Dean of Student Development, Vanessa Ryan at graduate_dean@brown.edu.