Pembroke Center Seed Grants

Pembroke Center Seed Grants for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research

The Pembroke Center's competitive seed grant program supports collaborative research initiatives that involve Brown faculty from the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, and health sciences. In keeping with the Pembroke Center's intellectual mission, these research initiatives will examine intersecting dimensions of difference such as gender, sexuality, generation, work, class, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship, and religion.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020.

Goals of the Seed Grant Program

1) Support the formation of focused interdisciplinary groups working across fields and academic divisions, with distinct theoretical and methodological approaches, in order to explore innovative research questions.

2) Incorporate intersecting dimensions of difference (such as gender, sexuality, generation, work, class, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship, and religion) into broader research agendas.

3) Serve as a catalyst for developing research projects that may ultimately qualify for external grant funding.

Application Requirements

• One faculty project director, plus a minimum of one additional faculty member from a different field

• One-page bios of research group participants, including their disciplines, research interests as they relate to the seed grant application, and their other interdisciplinary projects

• Title of research project and a two- to three-page description that details the central research questions, common themes, and project goals

• Plan to involve other faculty researchers, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and students

• Dissemination plan for research findings

• Proposed budget of up to $10,000. Please list all current and pending funding from Brown and other sources related to the project.

Applicants should design their program to best serve their research goals.

Pembroke Center grants may be used for a mix of workgroups, symposia, and performances for collaborative exchange, visiting scholars, lectures, student research assistantships, small research stipends for the lead faculty organizer, and publication support. Groups must be anchored at Brown University but may include outside researchers. Preference will be given to projects that involve faculty across academic divisions.

Please send applications electronically to [email protected] 

Grant Process

  • The application deadline is May 1, 2020.
  • Award notifications will be made by June 1, 2020.
  • Funds will be available starting on July 1, 2020.
  • Expenditure of funds must be completed by June 30, 2021.
  • A final report that details the activities supported by the grant and provides a full accounting of expenditures will be due September 1, 2021.

Contacts for Questions:

Donna Goodnow, Manager of the Pembroke Center
[email protected]

Jeremy Lehnen, Interim Associate Director of the Pembroke Center
[email protected]


Past Seed Grants

Inaugural Seed Grants - 2013

2013-14 Seed Grants

2014 -15 Seed Grants

2015-16 Seed Grants

2016-17 Seed Grants

2017-18 Seed Grants

2018-19 Seed Grants

2019-20 Seed Grants

The Pembroke Center Seed Grant Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the donors to the Pembroke Challenge.