External Artistic Practitioner Fellows

CSREA invites artists, media makers, and writers external to Brown whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the United States and work that connects the U.S. to related transnational contexts, to apply to be a Practitioner Fellow. Applicants should be pursuing creative or nonfiction projects that are primarily non-academic in nature. To workshop scholarly works, please see the application for Visiting Faculty Fellows.


Fellows will have access to Brown University resources and are invited to contribute to the academic community. There will be opportunities to present work-in-progress in a campus-wide public lecture or performance. Projects should focus at least in part on issues of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the U.S. and work that connects the U.S. to related transnational contexts. Fellows are expected to cover their own expenses (including health benefits) for the duration of their appointment. 

Fellowship Details:
  • This program is a Mellon Foundation-funded virtual spring semester fellowship. The terms of the program may be subject to change. 
  • Awardees will receive a $10,000 stipend for a semester-long fellowship and have access to up to $1,500 in research/project funds.
  • Attendance at the virtual Practitioner Fellows Workshop (number of sessions to be determined) is required.
  • Participation at an in-person Practitioner Fellows Capstone where participants will present their work (travel and lodging provided) is required.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in virtual programming and community-building activities sponsored by the Center.



Applicants must complete this application form and submit all requested supplementary documents via Interfolio to be fully considered. Submissions via email will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed by the CSREA Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). Other relevant faculty within or external to Brown may be consulted at the discretion of the FAB.

Applicants must submit the following: 

  • A cover letter discussing what the applicant hopes to achieve during the fellowship period and why being affiliated with CSREA and Brown would be especially helpful in accomplishing the goal
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
  • A sample of scholarly or creative work (not to exceed 35 written pages)
    • Multimedia submissions are welcome, and must be accompanied by a written component explaining the nature of the works submitted, not to exceed 35 written pages.
  • A one-page project abstract (500-800 words)
  • A more detailed project proposal (1,000-2,000 words):
    • The proposal should outline the project that the applicant will pursue during the term of the fellowship
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation endorsing the applicant and the proposed project

Submission guide for non-written/multimedia works:

  • Image files: embed or hyperlink to examples of your work in addition to a written component explaining the nature of the work(s) submitted, not to exceed 35 pages total
  • Audio or video files: hyperlink to or upload files using the “additional file” option, that are 8-10 minutes in duration cumulatively (either a single link/file can be up to 10 minutes long or multiple submitted links/files can be submitted, but should not exceed 10 minutes total).
  • Please note that multimedia submissions must be accompanied by a written component explaining the nature of the works submitted, not to exceed 35 written pages.

Application deadline is Friday, July 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

Questions? Consult the Frequently Asked Questions page. For further inquiries, please contact CSREA Program Coordinator, Maggie Murphy.