Fellowship Opportunities

NAISI Graduate Fellowship

Brown University’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) collaborates with a number of departments across the campus to offer fellowships to students pursuing Master’s degrees. NAISI is dedicated to increasing the understanding and maintenance of the cultural traditions and political experiences of Native American and Indigenous Peoples. This fellowship supports a one- or two-year graduate student working in Native American and Indigenous Studies topics. The student must be enrolled in a full-time Master’s program. We are especially interested in supporting students whose work advocates for and/or engages in scholarship that contributes to the wellbeing of Native American or Indigenous communities.

Prospective students should explain in their personal statement how their academic and professional preparation and career goals make them appropriate candidates for this fellowship. We welcome students coming right from college or those who have worked with Native or Indigenous communities or as professionals in a field of interest. Submit your personal statement (no longer than two pages) with your graduate school application and directly to NAISI ([email protected]).

The fellow will join the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative office and be engaged with a project (or projects) that support engagement with and the growth of NAIS at Brown University, with a Native or Indigenous community or with an organization or institution contributing to the needs of Native American or Indigenous peoples. As part of the NAISI office, the fellow will participate in NAISI events, programming and mentorship of undergraduate students, and work closely with the NAISI Director regarding progress on their MA degree. The student will join an interdisciplinary community of graduate students working in Native American and Indigenous Studies in several departments across the university.

The programs collaborating with NAISI to offer this fellowship include:

American Studies (A.M.)
BioMed/Biotechnology (Sc.M., A.M.)
Biomedical Engineering (Sc.M.)
Biostatistics (A.M., Sc.M.)
Computer Science (Sc.M.)
Cyber Security (Sc.M.)
Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) (Sc.M.​)
Integrative Studies (A.M., Sc.M.)
Theatre Arts and Performance Studies: Playwriting (MFA)
Public Affairs (MPA)
Public Health (MPH)
Public Health & Public Affairs (dual degree) (MPH/MPA)
Public Humanities (A.M.)
Social Analysis and Research (Sc.M.)
Theater: Brown/Trinity Rep Acting and Directing (MFA)
Urban Education Policy (A.M.)

This program requires residency in the Providence, R.I., area, with all courses offered on campus. Please check the Graduate School website for application deadlines and more information.

For more information about NAISI, please visit the rest of our website.

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship

A one- to two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in the certain integrative scholarship areas.

The successful candidate will teach one course per year as part of the appointment and will participate in activities related to the President’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Scholars with a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, sciences or engineering will be considered. The candidate’s dissertation must be complete by the August following application.

John Carter Brown Library Fellowships

Short-Term Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library supports scholarship centered on the history of the colonial Americas, North and South, including all aspects of African, European, and Native American engagements in both global and comparative contexts. Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality.  Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,250 per month.

Long-Term Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library offers long-term fellowships, several of which are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent agency of the U.S. Federal government. Additional long-term fellowships have been made possible by Donald L. Saunders; R. David Parsons; and The Reed Foundation, which has endowed the InterAmericas Fellowship (for research on the history of the West Indies and the Caribbean basin). Applicants of all nationalities, however, will be considered for long-term fellowships; fellowships funded by the NEH are only available to citizens of the United States or to those applicants residing in the U.S. for the three years preceding application.  PhD candidates are welcome to apply for long-term fellowships if all degree requirements, including the successful defense of their dissertation, have been met by the application deadline. Long-Term Fellowships are available for periods of five to ten months and carry a monthly stipend of $5,000.