BrownConnect centralizes and features a number of Brown University affiliated competitive scholarship programs and external funding sources. These funding sources offer full or partial funding for a range of summer experiences. Funding is limited and the deadlines are early, so start your process far in advance. Check out the Brown specific programs below for more information and to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.
BrownConnect LINK – Linking Internships & Knowledge
Each year, Brown awards stipends to rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. Details about the program, including important programs and deadlines, are on the LINK program page. For an easy to understand infographic regarding the new 2020 Link application process click here.
This summer, the College in partnership with the CareerLAB, the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Swearer Center for Public Service will offer new opportunities for students to receive funding for remote short-term internships, course development projects, and community engagement experiences. Traditionally, UTRA, LINK, and Signature Program awards have been available to students undertaking full-time, on-site summer research, teaching, and internship experiences. This summer, we will continue to support those opportunities that can be carried out remotely and also create new, flexible options to support a greater number of students.Learn more here.
Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. Named for the dean who launched the program in the 1980s, UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and that contributes directly to course development at Brown.
For more information about UTRA Awards, please visit their website.
Fellowships and Research at Brown
Fellowships at Brown represent university-sponsored programs including nationally competitive fellowships that fund faculty-student research collaborations, unpaid internships, independent research and travel, and post-baccalaureate work or study both in the United States and abroad. You will find information about the range of opportunities at Brown as well as selected external awards of potential interest to Brown students on their website.
UFunds coordinates applications for funding from the Dean of the College, the President's Office, the Office of International Affairs, and Campus Life. You will find opportunities here for members of the Brown community, including undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.
Visit the UFUNDS site to view additional funding opportunities.
External Sources of Funding
BrownConnect is students’ best resource when it comes to funding; however, there are some external options worth exploring as well.
Brown has a number of competitive scholarship programs that offer full or partial funding for unpaid or low-pay internships. The money always runs out, though, especially for summer internships. So start your process early. Check out the programs below to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.
For a full list of these options, click here.
The Off Campus Federal Work-Study (OCFWS) program enables undergraduate federal work-study award recipients to seek paid employment with organizations working for the common good. The program pays a share of a student’s salary, with the community agency paying the remainder, while providing opportunities to students to learn from and contribute to a not-for-profit organization. Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing and eligible to participate in the Off Campus Federal Work-Study program. For more information, please visit: https://www.brown.edu/academics/college/swearer/summer-campus-federal-work-study
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Students are also encouraged to research external sources of funding. Finding and securing funding outside of Brown can require a lot of effort and time; the earlier you start searching and applying, the better.