Apply to KSP


Every academic year, the U-FLi Center will recruit a cohort of 20 students from the incoming class of first-year students to participate in the Kessler Scholars Program. The application for the KSP Class of 2028 will open in UFunds, Brown's application system, on May 15, 2024. 

Click here to access the application with your Brown credentials

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Salcedo, Kessler Scholars Program Manager: [email protected]


The Kessler Scholars Program is open to incoming first-time first-year students. Applicants must be first-generation college students (the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree). In addition to this criteria, the committee highly considers applicants who fall under the broader U-FLi umbrella: undocumented and/or low-income

Selection Process

The program application focuses on self-reflection through an asset-based lens and asks students to reflect on their core values, their interests, and how these areas come together to shape the way they will navigate their experiences at Brown. The selection committee reviews the applications based on 4 core criteria and short answer reflection questions (max 250 words each):

  1. Self-Development: Our identities are an important aspect of how we relate to each other. Describe which identities are the most important to you. How do you hope to grow over the next year as it relates to your personal identities and lived experiences? (Example of identities: race, class, first-generation status, immigration status, international status, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.)
  2. Community Building: Who is your community and why are they important to you? What aspects of that community do you hope to find within this cohort? What do you hope to gain from being part of this cohort? 
  3. Social Change: What is a social change issue that you are passionate about and why is it significant to you? How do you currently and/or plan to engage with this issue/topic?
  4. Leadership: Kessler Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles within the U-FLi Center and the broader campus community. How do you envision your strengths and qualities informing your work as a leader in the Brown community?


May 15, 2024

KSP Application Opens: A virtual info-session will take place for interested students to have an opportunity to ask questions

June 5, 2024

KSP Application Closes

June 24, 2024

Acceptance Notifications

June 27, 2024

Deadline to Accept Invitation

June 28, 2024

Waitlist Acceptance Notifications

July 1, 2024

Waitlist Deadline to Accept Invitation

July 8 - 15, 2024

Individual meetings with Program Staff (virtual)

Aug 7, 2024

Virtual Cohort Meeting 

Aug 14, 2024

Virtual Cohort Meeting

Aug 26, 2024

Kessler Scholars Move-In and Welcome Dinner

August 27-28, 2024

KSP Retreat