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Funding Opportunities Beyond CLACS

For faculty

Brown Arts Initiative Grants

Through its grant programs, the Brown Arts Initiative provides financial and other resources to Brown University faculty, professional staff and students to help realize curriculum, research and practice-based projects in the arts. Click on the website linked above for a detailed description of available grants and their corresponding application deadlines and award cycles. For questions or additional information, please contact Katie Vincelette, who can be reached at Katie_Vincelette [at] brown.edu.

The Fall 2019 grants cycle opens on Monday, Sept 9, 2019 and closes Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm. The Spring 2020 grants cycle opens on Monday, Jan 27, 2020 and closes Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

Dean of the Faculty's Lectureship Funds

The Lectureships funds are intended to support proposals to bring to the campus outstanding individuals from outside the Brown community. These individuals should present lectures of a broad and interdisciplinary nature or of current interest in a special area not ordinarily available at Brown University. The intent is to introduce people and topics that stimulate thought and discussion. The proposals can be for a single lecture or for a series of lectures that follow a coherent theme. Proposals are typically due by April 15th, and the funds may be used for lectures and events in the following academic year.  Award notifications are typically made by mid-May, and the funds will be made available for use after July 1st. Refer to the link above for more information.

for students

Brown Connect LINK Award

Need funding for your unpaid or low-paying summer internship? The BrownConnect LINK program can help! 

2019 1st Round Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019  by 12 pm (noon) EST
*Students with internships outside of the United States should apply in the first round. This deadline is also open to domestic internships.
Student Notification: Monday, April 1st

2019 2nd Round Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by 12 pm (noon) EST
*Open to domestic and international internships. Applications for an international internship will be considered for the $3500 sitpend. Please contact BrownConnect with any questions.
Student Notification: Friday, May 3rd

LINK is not your only summer funding option through BrownConnect - find information about our BrownConnect funded Signature Programs 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. More information linked in their website. Spring Application Deadline: November 15, 2019. Summer Application Deadline: February 5, 2020.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

MMUF is open to sophomores who identify as African American, Latinx, and American Indian, as well as other students with a demonstrated commitment to the goals of the program and to eradicating racial disparities in higher education. Successful applicants show exceptional academic promise and an interest in pursing an academic career in a Mellon-designated field of study. The deadline to apply is February 5, 2020. 

Edward Guiliano '72 Global Fellowship

The Edward Guiliano ‘72 Global Fellowship seeks to provide undergraduate students with transformative opportunities to broaden their perspectives and interact with the world through artistic, academic and cultural experiences outside their current communities. More details can be found in the link to their website. Applications are reviewed and awarded biannually in fall and spring with a deadline of October 15 and March 15. 

Brown Arts Initiative Student Grants

The Brown Arts Initiative Student Grants Program provides funding to Brown students in support of projects that involve the production, study and/or critique of the creative arts. Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing may apply for BAI student funding. Students who have received past funding for a project may not apply for additional funding for the same project. For example, an undergraduate making a feature length film may apply for support only once for the film; however, that same student may apply for funding for a different project. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each semester for projects that take place during the current or next semester For the fall 2019 semester, the application period opens Sept 9, 2019 and closes on Oct 2, 2019 at 11:59 pmFor the spring 2020 semester, the application period opens Jan 27, 2020 and closes on Feb 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

Still searching? Visit the Fellowships@Brown Find a Fellowship page to browse all the fellowships available and the Office of Global Engagement's Grant Opportunities page. You may also search for funding on the UFunds page by logging into your Brown account.