External awards are prestigious and a valuable acknowledgement of intellectual pursuit and promise. In addition, writing a fellowship proposal can clarify your thinking about your research and improve your ability to communicate its essence and potential impact. The competition also can expose you to valuable feedback. Receiving a competitive external fellowship is an honor that stays with you throughout your career and can improve your professional prospects.
The Graduate School also offers financial incentives to students who apply for and are awarded external funding.
The Graduate School collaborates with the University Library and other University partners to maintain a Grant Finding Guide with links to a variety of external funding opportunities across all divisions and stages of graduate study. This Guide also includes a section with tips and suggestions specifically for international students. The listings include access to subscription services, such as SPIN, a database of opportunities from federal, governmental, international, private and corporate funders. This Guide should be one of your first stops in looking for funding opportunities.
Master’s and Doctoral students are encouraged to work with their programs and advisors in preparing their applications. These offices offer some support for students applying to external fellowships, particularly for fellowships which only allow a limited number of applicants from Brown in each application cycle:
- Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)
- The Division of Biology and Medicine’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The Graduate School also works directly with students who are pursuing external fellowships which require institutional endorsement. These include
- The U.S. Student Fulbright fellowship programs including applications for both Research/Study and English Teaching Assistantships as well as Critical Language Enhancements.
- The DAAD scholarship program for research in Germany.
- The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowships for research in the Humanities and Social and Natural Sciences.