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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?
Launched in 2016-17, 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 program evaluation and end-of-year progress reports.

Initiatives may be speaker events, seminar series, networking events, series of community gatherings, discussion groups, workshops, or student community serving resources.

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 at the each semester, Fall and Spring).

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.

Who Can Apply?

  • International & domestic, doctoral & master’s students who are registered full time in the academic year, 2017-18, 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 Pamela Gaddi about interest before applying.

Students interested in applying should thoughtfully consider how they will balance academic pursuits and personal responsibilities and with active engagement as a Community Fellow.

How to Apply
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.  

Apply through UFunds. Application opens September 1.

Find the application listed under “Graduate School Distinctive Opportunities”.

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.)
  • 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, 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*

Be sure to indicate “Graduate Community Fellows” in the subject line of the emails.

How are Community Fellows Selected? Community Fellows 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 with graduate student representation.

When to Apply
Application Deadline: September 29, 2017.
(emails from DGS and advisors should also be received by the above date.)

Have questions? Contact Pamela Gaddi.