Watson Institute at Brown University
Development Studies




The University has temporarily, but formally, suspended all Brown-related undergraduate international travel and programming for Summer 2020.

This doesn't mean that students' pursuits of research and internship opportunities need to come to a halt!

Students applying for funding are permitted to propose an alternative project that is domestic and/or remote. Please note that a detailed budget outlining all projected expenses is still required.


This list includes only Brown-sponsored awards. Please visit the Watson Institute Undergraduate Opportunities page and Fellowships at Brown for a more comprehensive list.

DO NOT rely on the deadline dates listed here. Verify deadlines with individual grants. 

Critical Language Scholarships
Deadline: Mid November
Benefits: Summer abroad to study a critical language.

Carnegie Junior Fellowship
Deadline: End November
Benefits: 3,000 per month for approximately one year.

Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship
Deadline: Mid January
Benefits: 3,000 

Projects for Peace
Deadline: Mid January
Benefits: 10,000 in support of winning project

Dean's Discretionary Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Dean of the College will consider requests to fund undergraduate research projects that fall outside the boundaries of other research award programs. Students will normally have exhausted all other University grant sources before seeking support from the Dean. Special requests of all sorts are considered, but projects that incorporate an international or global component are especially encouraged.

Students who wish to request a discretionary grant should write a short proposal that explains the nature of the research, the steps involved in completing the research project, and the grant sources that have already been petitioned. Students should then speak with Dean Bergeron during her open hours on Wednesday afternoon.

Research at Brown Grant
Deadline: Rolling 
Benefits: up to $500
Research at Brown (RAB) grants support student-initiated research projects in the sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts. The Program supports student research and travel to present papers at conferences.

DS Research and Internship Grant
Deadlines: Thesis Research - May 7; Other Capstone Research - March 31; Other Projects - Rolling
Award: Up to $2000
Eligibility: Undergraduate student concentrating in Development Studies in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall.
Complete an application.

Jack Ringer Summer in South Asia Fellowship
Deadline: End March
Benefits: $3500
The award provides Brown students with up to $3,500 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship.

The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship
Deadline: End March
Benefits: $3500
The award provides $3,500 to support the summer plans of one Brown undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits.

The Cogut Center for the Undergraduate Fellowships
Deadline: Mid March
The Cogut Center for the Humanities inaugurated academic-year-long Undergraduate Fellowships each year for Brown undergraduate students in the humanities. Rising junior and senior honors students are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards
Deadline: Spring - Mid November, Summer - Mid February
Benefits: $3000 - $4000
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.

Students translate their academic knowledge into hands-on practice that results in the production of new knowledge. Faculty benefit from the assistance and perspectives undergraduates bring to their work.

Creative Arts Council Student Grants
Deadline: TBD
Benefit: $1000
The Student Grant Program supports undergraduate or graduate student projects involved in the study, critique, or production of the creative arts. Grants are offered once per semester for funds available during the current semester. 

Brown Venture Launch Fund
The Brown Venture Launch Fund (BVLF) serves the Brown community by encouraging student entrepreneurs to take their ideas and make them into new ventures. 

Deadline: Round 1 - Mid March, Round 2 - Mid April
Benefit: $3000 domestic, $5000 international
Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays less than $1,000 before applying for funds. 

The Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, and the Office of Financial Aid and administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

International Affairs Undergraduate Student Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Benefits: unspecified
The International Affairs Undergraduate Student Fund can accommodate many diverse interests and types of projects, on-campus events and short-term travel grants. Please contact Barbara Sardy for more information.