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Global Mobility Research Fellowship

The Global Mobility Research Fellowship program supports doctoral students who seek to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research abroad during one summer or academic year semester. The program funds current research projects of exceptional value that require international research activity. Award recipients expand Brown’s global reach and will contribute to the institution’s mission of discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge. The fellowship award is in lieu of a student’s regular summer or semester stipend.


  • Applicants must be Brown University doctoral students who will be in years two through six at the time of travel. (Please note that students beyond the sixth year at the time of the award are not eligible. This ineligibility begins at the start of the summer after the sixth year.)
  • Applicants must be active in a preliminary or dissertation research project, including but not limited to fieldwork, archival research, scientific experiments with international facilities or individual laboratories of collaborators.
  • Awardees will be required to meet policies for University-sponsored international research travel. Detailed information is available on the Travel Policies webpage of the Healthy Brown website. All students, regardless of travel destination, are required to register their travel plans in TravelSafe.

Priority will be given to students for whom other funding opportunities, including external funding opportunities, may not be available and for whom international research activity may not be possible without the award. Priority will also be given to students outside the Division of Biology and Medicine.

Award Specifications and Conditions
Awards support doctoral-level research abroad for one academic semester or for a period of three months during the summer. The award relieves students of their duties related to a Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, or Proctorship, and they enable a student to be in residence in a foreign country. We cover the base pay of a student’s fellowship stipend and provide an additional $500 to assist with travel costs. Students may spend the additional $500 on any reasonable and necessary costs of conducting research abroad, including round-trip air travel, visas, accommodations, and subsistence costs. Recipients maintain their eligibility for additional support of travel costs through the International Travel Fund.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be considered and evaluated by a committee of faculty and administrators who will make award recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School. Reviewers will consider the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  1. the scholarly merit and intellectual significance of the proposed research, including impact on the applicant’s broader academic field of study; 
  2. the clarity of the proposed research questions and the feasibility of the work plan; and,
  3. the justification for research at the proposed international site and the evidence demonstrating prior or desired research activities at the proposed institution abroad. 

Students may be awarded only one Global Mobility Research Fellowship during their graduate studies at Brown.

Application Requirements
Applicants are expected to submit the following information through UFunds  (see Graduate School Distinctive Opportunities, Global Mobility Research Fellowships):

  1. Applicant and Proposal General Information: title of the proposal; 250-word abstract describing the proposed research project.
  2. Proposal narrative that summarizes and articulates the project’s significant contribution in the graduate student’s field of study. The proposal should include the goals of the research project, why research for an extended period at the international location is necessary, and a work plan for completing the research activities. The applicant should describe the project in terms that do not require reviewers to be experts in the area of proposed research. The proposal should also address the plan’s financial feasibility (which may encompass other sources of support). The proposal narrative should not exceed 4 pages.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (upload directly to UFunds application)
  4. Letter or email of invitation from a host institution (if not in English, please provide translation) or from international collaborator(s). Letters can be submitted to [email protected] up to one week after the deadline and added to the application. If more time is needed, then please let us know. The local institution (typically a university) does not provide financial support. The host confirms that they can be a resource to a student–assisting with connections to local academic communities, networks, or resources–and can attest to the value and feasibility of proposed research in the area.
  5. Support. Applicants are asked to add the following recommenders in their application: 1. Faculty Advisor, who will receive a UFunds notification requesting a Message of Endorsement. 2. Director of Graduate Study, who will be asked to affirm program support.
  6. Travel Approval and Safety Plan. All applicants are required to register their travel plans in TravelSafe. Depending on the destination, graduate students may need to complete a Safety Plan via TravelSafe and obtain permission from the Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC) prior to making travel arrangements. If the plan is not approved, the Fellowship cannot be awarded. Transactions with comprehensively embargoed countries, including certain academic collaborations and the exchange of research materials, may require authorization from the government. If a student is considering collaborating with or traveling to an embargoed country, the student must contact Brown's Export Control Team well in advance. Check Brown’s current travel guidelines and requirements on the International Travel Risk Management webpage. 

Reporting requirements
The grantee must submit a final report to the Graduate School within one month of returning from the research abroad trip, summarizing the work accomplished during the fellowship period (maximum 2 pages) and a brief abstract (maximum 200 words) of the report.

Application Deadlines

  • For Travel in Spring 2023: October 28, 2022 
  • For Travel in Summer 2023: TBD
  • For Travel in Fall 2023: TBD

Please contact Byrd McDaniel, Assistant Director of Student Engagement or [email protected]u.