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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. This program was previously administered by the Office of Global Engagement with joint funding from the Graduate School and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. It is now administered and funded by the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines
Given the current uncertainties about global travel as a result of COVID-19, the Graduate School is not currently accepting Global Mobility Research Fellowship applications for 2020-2021. We will be monitoring the situation and will reopen this application once planning for Brown-sponsored global research travel becomes possible.


  • Applicants must be Brown University doctoral students who will be in years two through six. 
  • 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.

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.

Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply for this fellowship. Doctoral students in their sixth year in the academic year, 2019-20, are not eligible to apply for the summer 2020 fellowship.  

Award Specifications and Conditions
Awards support doctoral-level research abroad for one academic semester or for a period of three months during the summer. Students selected for an academic semester fellowship will be awarded a stipend of $13,000; students selected for a summer fellowship will be awarded a stipend of $9,000. Award funds apply to reasonable and necessary costs of conducting research abroad, including round-trip air travel, visas, accommodations, and subsistence costs. Recipients will be given a fellowship appointment, allowing students otherwise on a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, or Proctorship appointment to pursue their research out of residence. The fellowship award is in lieu of a student’s regular semester or summer stipend and is fully paid by the Graduate School. 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 Fellowship during their graduate studies at Brown.

Application Requirements
Applicants are expected to submit the following information through UFunds in pdf format (See Graduate School Distinctive Opportunities, Global Mobility Research Fellowships; the application opens approximately two months prior to the deadline):

  1. Applicant and Proposal General Information: title of the proposal; 250-word abstract describing the proposed research project; when research will occur: Fall or Spring.
  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). Students have the option of uploading a pdf copy of their proposal narrative (not to exceed 4 pages), if they prefer.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.  (upload directly to UFunds application)
  4. Letter or email of invitation from the host institution (if not in English, please provide translation) or from international collaborator(s). Letters may be added to the application if they have not been received by the application deadline.

Applicants should request that the additional following materials be sent to [email protected]:

  1. Letter of endorsement by the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. Message of support by the student’s director of graduate study affirming that the student is in good academic standing.
  3. Letter or email invitation from host institution, if not uploaded by the applicant on UFunds. Letters can be submitted up to one week after the deadline (May 1), and added to the application. If more time is needed for letter submission, please contact Kirk Robinson.  

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.

Please direct inquiries for this grant opportunity to Kirk Robinson.