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Faculty Opportunities

Center for Contemporary South Asia Faculty or Postdoctoral Research or Language Training

Applications will be considered from Brown University regular faculty or postdoctoral associates from any field to support research on contemporary South Asia or accelerated language training that is relevant to the region. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed research or training and the potential for the activity to lead to a long-term successful program of research on the region. Special consideration will be given to applications from junior faculty, especially those for whom South Asia is a new area of research.

Amount: Up to a $10,000 maximum per project

Eligibility: Any regular Brown University Faculty

Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 at NOON

Application requirements: A five page project proposal, budget, CV, and, for junior faculty, two letters of reference. Senior faculty need not send letters of recommendation. Awards are subject to additional university approval due to pandemic restrictions, read more in the travel policies section of the healthy Brown website.

CHRHS Research and Training Seed Grant Program

CHRHS Research and Training Seed Grants are designed to stimulate original humanitarian and human rights focused research and the development of impactful and innovative training initiatives. Open to Brown University Graduate and Post-Doctoral Candidates, Faculty, Undergraduate Students, and CHRHS Global Fellows.

Deadline: October 1, 2022 at 5:00pm EDT

Rhodes Center Institutional Collaboration Grants

The William R. Rhodes Center aims to support faculty who wish to build capacity at Brown in areas related to international economics and finance through collaborations with external institutions, in the United States and abroad. Whether as a partner in grant applications, as a research partner on existing research, or along other similar lines, we stand ready to support Brown faculty who seek to set up and nurture such relationships. 

Contact: Mark Blyth

Rhodes Center Research Workshop Grants

The William R. Rhodes Center invites Brown University faculty and researchers to submit proposals for one day workshops (or their on-line multi-day equivalent) aimed at expanding the interdisciplinary understanding of international economics and finance and the impacts thereof. Proposals are welcomed from all parts of the university, including the social sciences and humanities, engineering, the sciences, public health, and medicine. The William R. Rhodes Center is particularly interested in proposals that span multiple academic disciplines.

Contact: Mark Blyth

Watson Course Development Funds

The Watson Institute Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites Watson-affiliated faculty looking to revise or create courses that represent diverse scholars, issues of structural inequality, racial disparities, and/or systems of power, to apply for a course development award.

The Institute is offering five awards per semester up to $1,500 each to hire a Student Research Assistant (undergraduate or graduate) to support efforts around updating or creating curriculum that better represents diverse scholars, issues of structural inequality, racial disparities, and/or systems of power. 

Questions? Please contact Kathryn Dunkelman

Eligibility: All members of the Watson Institute faculty.

Application period: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application requirements: Applicants must complete a short application form to be fully considered. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Watson Institute Director, Academic Director, and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chairs. 

Watson-funded UTRA

Collaborating with the Brown UTRA program, Watson is providing funds to support 2-3 additional faculty research projects through student research assistant funding. The goal of this fund is to support Watson faculty research, while also moving toward a more transparent and inclusive process of hiring student research assistants. The University has experienced success in diversifying the research assistant applicant and hiring pool through the new UTRA process. We encourage you to submit your research proposal for UTRA funding to the University by October 3. 

Deadline: Faculty applications are due October 3.