How do I find Fellowships, Internships, and Research opportunities?

There are a number of different ways to go about finding fellowships, internships, and research opportunities. Below are a number of the main resources for searching for these opportunities to give you a sense of the differences between them.

You should also be asking older students, alumni, and faculty about opportunities they may know about, especially if they are in areas of study or industries related to what you are interested in. They are the most likely to know about things and be able to talk with you about the process. The databases and lists below are places to start as you go about your search.

You may want to make a spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of anything you come across that is interesting to you including information like the title, what company or organization is offering it, the deadline, and what supplemental materials are required.

Alumni Job Board (AJB)

Use AJB after graduating to find job and internship postings, particularly from other alumni. You can also use this to get access resources for finding and applying for jobs and networking.


This site is primarily used for current and graduated students to connect with employers in Rhode Island to find internships as a step towards finding a job. Bridge.Jobs saves your resume and also allows you to sort your internship searches by deadline, employer, or whether you’ve submitted your application. They also maintain a blog that provides useful job and internship tips.


Use BrownConnect to find internships, funding opportunities (such as fellowships), and connect with alumni. Try using advanced search.

+ You can search for internships based on field, type of opportunity (i.e. paid or unpaid), and sector (i.e. private companies, non-profits, or government). Also pay attention to whether internships are marked Bruno internships. Bruno internships are either specifically for Brown students or have spots available specifically for Brown students. Many of the Brown connect internships can be applied to through Handshake.

+ You can search for alumni to connect with based on many different metrics including their previous concentration, class year, and area they currently work. You can use the connect button on an individual alumni’s page to send them an email using a pre-made template (though I suggest you edit the template provided to personalize it).

+ The funding opportunity list draws from the Fellowships @ Brown site as well as the opportunities available from individual departments.

Brown Undergraduate Research Portal

Listing of various Brown supported Fellowships and Research Opportunity Programs.

Careers in the Common Good (CCG) Database


Use the CCG Database to find jobs, internships, and fellowships specifically related to social change work such as education. You can access this from the CareerLAB tab on ASK and clicking Exploring Options.


CRC FIRe List of Targeted Opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

Use this list for looking for opportunities that are specifically for members of certain groups, particularly underrepresented minority students. It is curated by the FIRe coordinator in conversation with University Deans and staff. If you know of other opportunities that are not listed on this list please email the FIRe coordinator at with more information.

Fellowships @ Brown (F@B)

Use F@B to find fellowships and research opportunities. Some are nationally competitive while others are internal to Brown. See FIRe FAQ to learn more about fellowships.


Undergraduates, graduate, and alumni use Handshake to find and apply for jobs, internships, and funding opportunities, and access other resources and services offered by the CareerLAB. The site allows you to create a profile for a more customized approached based on your interests, experiences, and timeline.

+ You can sign up for CareerLAB job and internship search and skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews. There are restrictions on the opportunities alumni can apply for. For example, only current graduate and undergraduate students can participate in on-campus recruiting.

+ This site is also linked to BrownConnect and all internships posted in Handshake will also appear in BrownConnect.

Serve Rhode Island Volunteer Portal

Serve Rhode Island connects schools, nonprofits, and other organizations with people looking for volunteering and community service positions. Take a look at their website if you are looking for an organization to get involved with in Rhode Island.


You can use UFunds to apply for many different funding and fellowship opportunities. Visit their site to apply for Emergency  Gap funding, which may be helpful for supplementing things other funding might not cover such as travel costs.

 Watson Institute Undergraduate Opportunities

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs has various research and fellowship programs available to undergraduate students, especially those concentrating in Public Policy and International Relations.


B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation offers scholarships for women seeking unpaid internships in public service and the sciences, as well as a mentorship program and networking opportunities. These internships must take place in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

They are currently accepting applications for their Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship, which funds unpaid internships that are centered on public service, including government, nonprofit endeavors, and/or women’s rights. Applications are due April 11th, 2018.

The Graduate Public Service Scholarship supports female graduate students and those who have recently completed their graduate degree who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship that focuses on public service.  Applications are due March 28th, 2018.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship is intended for female undergraduate students preparing to enter a profession in the sciences who are applying to or have secured an unpaid or underpaid summer position (internship, fellowship, research assistantship) in a related field. Applications are due April 4, 2018.

Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program

The Carnegie Foundation offers a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program, a paid, two-year program that provides recent college graduates with a chance to learn from and contribute to the Foundation’s efforts in the field of education and, more specifically, networked improvement science in education.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve in full-time appointments at the Foundation and are placed in different programs and departments and are assigned a supervising mentor. Fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills in research, communication, group facilitation, teamwork, project management, writing, and leadership.

Fellows must be willing to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting July 2018, must have obtained their Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two academic years (May 2016-June 2018), and must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Applications are received on a rolling basis. You can apply here.

Royce Fellowship Application Tips with Professor Kevin Escudero

Established in 1996, the Royce Fellowship enables undergraduates to explore their developing interests and passions. The program confers lifetime membership into the Society of Royce Fellows, a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university. Applications are due March 16, 2018 at 11:45p.m. through UFUNDS.

Application Tips from Royce Faculty Fellow Kevin Escudero:

1) What is the Royce Fellowship?

The Royce Fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduates to carry out independent research, curricular development, or public service projects in places across the U.S. and around the world. Accepted students receive a stipend of $4,000 that is distributed to pursue their project during the summer. Royce Fellows conduct their research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and as part of an interdisciplinary cohort that is composed of up to twenty students. All students in good standing who will return to Brown for at least one full semester are welcome to submit applications. First-generation, low-income, undocumented, and DACAmented students are especially encouraged to apply.

2) What characteristics do you value in an application?

Students selected for the Royce often have projects that involve community engaged scholarship. Engaged scholarship is a form of scholarship (including teaching, research or service) in which faculty and students partner with organizations and individuals outside the academy to address challenges that those organizations and individuals face. These partners may be private enterprises, government agencies, or community nonprofit organizations. Overall, we value Royce projects that deal with producing knowledge that communities want and need.

3) What kind of applicants stand out to you and why?

The committee looks for students that are excited about working on their project and building community knowledge, particularly in interdisciplinary ways. Students should understand and expect that their projects will change over time as it develops through the partnership and how they understand their project. We value students who think, “Maybe I should readjust this way,” over applicants who didn’t question themselves or who didn’t adjust. Some students conduct literature reviews before fully developing their project proposal and continue to be reflective throughout the process.

To see a previous iteration of application tips for the Royce Fellowship, see this post.


Research Opportunity: The Immigration and Border Community Research Experience for Undergraduates

This research opportunity allows undergraduates to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico, El Paso, and Ciudad Juárez.

Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks in the El Paso/Cruces/Ciudad Juárez region during the summer from May 21-July 28, 2018. Positions are fully from by the National Science Foundation through a stipend of $5,000 and meal expenses. In addition, students traveling from outside the region will receive accommodation and $500 towards their travel expenses.

Applicants must be at least sophomore standing in a social science discipline (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography) or related field, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Spanish language skills are preferred by not required. Students must be currently enrolled; recent graduates are not eligible. Due to federal regulations, students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents, and have valid passports.

Applications are due on March 1st, 2018.

To learn more visit this link. For more information and for any questions or concerns, please contact Neil Harvey at (575) 646-3220 and or Jeremy Slack at (915) 747-6530 and

Mellon Mays Application Tips with Dean Asabe Poloma

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the academy. Rising juniors across eligible fields are invited to apply. As a private university, Brown’s MMUF program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, DACA and undocumented students. Applications are due March 5, 2018 through UFUNDS.

Application Tips from Mellon Mays Associate Director Dr. Asabe Poloma:

1) What is the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship?

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is two-year research fellowship that sponsors students who are interested in pursuing a research project, particularly centered around issues of race, equity, and access. The program makes up a nationwide network that hopes to establish a cadre of young and aspiring scholars that want to contribute to the research enterprise across disciplines. Fellows should be prospectively interested in academic careers.

2) When should students begin thinking about this opportunity and their application?

It is never too early to start thinking about this opportunity. For first-year students, this means starting to think about what are your academic interests are and what interests you hope to pursue at Brown. When you engage in seminars and classes, what are the intellectual questions that draw your interest? If you were to design your own seminar, what scholarship and tools would you want to use?

In the fall semester of your second year, talk with your professors, faculty members, and those in your advising network about academic careers. Ask about what an academic career entails, not simply in relation to research but also teaching and service. What were their pathways? Start to think about what your driving focus could potentially be within and beyond your concentration. How would the Mellon elaborate on those interests? How can your current academic interests be a clear pathway to an academic career and a world beyond Brown?

If you enjoy the courses you are taking, talk to graduate students and faculty mentors; start engaging with the program through an information session and a meeting with the program director.

3) What does the selection process for the MMUF program look like?

The selection process is a very competitive process but also a very clearly outlined process. There are two main steps. The first involves applying to the program. The admissions committee, comprised of Brown faculty members across a range of disciplines, then review the applications thoughtfully and carefully and from an applicant pool, invite shortlisted candidates to interview. After the interview process, the pool is narrowed down to the finalists who are made the offer.

4) What qualities make an application stand out?

Academic promise. One quality that we look for is for applicants to demonstrate academic promise. In many ways, Mellon is not a just a meritorious award based on past accolades, but also about fellows’ imagined possibilities and potential impact as future scholars, mentors, and critically engaged educators. Intellectual creativity, risk-taking, and thinking about the world and engaging social and critical issues are academically promising qualities. We want to understand how students have mapped their academic experience and where they see them taking them.

Conceptualizing the power of academic tools. Another quality has to do with how students have started to think of the tools of their academic discipline to construct and deconstruct new forms of understanding about the world and what they care about. Students should see where the academic opportunities and gaps are. Take what you have learned and think about what you want to gain from the Mellon in terms of a personalized map for yourself, networks, advisors, and meeting other Mellon fellows.

Self-reflection. We want to see students who engage in a lot of self-reflection in the contemporary moment but also looking forward. In that reflection process, we want students to demonstrate how their individual reflection goals are related to larger social goals. How do you see your research contributing to important social justice issues and advancing racial justice?

5) Do you have any general tips for potentially applicants?

Develop and leverage a network that is informed about and would help you craft a competitive application. Talk about your work, talk about what upsets you, what excites you, and talk about how they could be used for a research agenda. Be comfortable with soliciting and seeking advice or feedback whether it be current fellows, faculty mentor who are familiar with other fellowships, and think about how you might conceptualize this in a proposal.

Develop nonacademic habits. As a Mellon research fellow, develop the other nonacademic habits that are integral to a successful research career. The ability to adapt, be coached, and self-reflect all are important to the process.

Keep your research a dialectical processResearch is not a solitary enterprise, especially if it is research dedicated to solving issues of racial and social justice. Mellon is based on the principles of community engaged scholarship, as well as community and peer collaboration. As individuals move through the process, it is such an important skill to be able to connect bridges, for people to give you feedback and translate the project for the communities you hope you are either representing or giving voice to. Think about your research as an intellectual application.

6) Is there anything else you want to say about the Mellon Mays Fellowship?

The Mellon cohort is one of the most tangible and long-lasting impacts of the program that students don’t always see. The cohort serves as a model for a group of peers to practice supporting each other’s intellectual process of discovery and also to have a community of like-minded individuals that can serve as a powerful antidote to what can be a solitary or isolated research process. Mellon is composed of people who are idealistic and passionate, and hold space for critical engagement and learn from each other. I don’t think a lot of students realize that when they are inducted into the Mellon family, their fellowship will translate to lifelong friendships.

For more resources, see this writing sample of the MMUF essay application.



Saying Hello


Hi everyone!

My name is Liliana Sampedro, and I will be taking over for Victoria this semester as the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences (FIRe) Coordinator at the Curricular Resource Center. I’m honored to walk in the steps of Victoria, Victor, and Mya, and hope to continue the great work that they have been able to accomplish during their time at the CRC and at Brown.

To introduce myself a bit more, I write to you as a first-generation college and low-income student, and an Ethnic Studies and Sociology concentrator. I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow whose research is interested in the ways that Mexican immigrant knowledges are produced in community and family spaces and serve as education for survival and resistance. I hope to use my research to facilitate the tensions between schools and communities, particularly for underserved Mexican immigrant communities in the Pacific Northwest.

I hope to use this blog as an opportunity to make resources more accessible to undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students of color. Part of this involves advocating for more institutionalized support for these students, as well as actively thinking of creative strategies to serve these groups. It’s my goal to have all students feel like they come into the CRC with any questions or feelings they may have about a particular opportunity.

While this is an ongoing goal, I hope to work towards it by continuing past collaborative programming between the CRC and other university centers, holding office hours, meeting with administrators and student groups, and taking on new projects.

This blog will have three main types of posts:

  • Student spotlights
  • Application tips
  • Beginner’s guide

If there’s anything I can help with, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to talk with you about developing a research question, how to apply for different opportunities, learning the difference between a fellowship and an internship, building relationships with faculty, and any other questions or feelings you might have. There are times at Brown when I have felt stuck and didn’t know what questions to ask or who to ask them to—I might not know all the answers but I can definitely find others who might. I’m here to support you and hope that we can find time to work together.

Looking forward to this semester!


Signing On!

Hi! My name is Victoria, and I’m the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences Coordinator for the Curricular Resource Center, and the new captain/blogger for CRCFIRe.

A bit about me: like it says on the CRC website (which you should visit), I’m currently a junior studying Ethnic Studies. My research interests are in critical refugee studies and critical human geography, specifically on how Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian refugee communities work to survive and organize within histories of militarism and land displacement, colonialism, and the violence of late-capitalist neoliberal America.

Victor and Mya have both left tremendous legacies as FIRe coordinators, which I hope to honor and build upon. As FIRe coordinator, my goal is to intentionally make fellowships and research opportunities more accessible for students marginalized by academic institutions: that includes first generation college students, low-income students, historically under-represented students of color, and undocumented students and those from mixed-status families. Research and fellowships can feel so unattainable for marginalized students, and I want to change that. If you’ve ever been made to feel that your ideas and interests don’t matter, I want to affirm that they really are worthwhile (and so are you!), and there are so many opportunities to make your ideas happen.

Things to expect from this blog:

  • Student Spotlights
  • Opportunities Spotlights
  • Tips and Advice on Applications

As FIRe Coordinator, I also plan to hold events and intentionally outreach to different communities on campus like those in the FLiCenter, BCSC, Swearer Center and LGBTQ Center. Follow the CRC newsletter (email to stay on top of FIRe programming.   

I hold advising hours in the CRC and FLiCenter: Tuesdays 1-5pm and Fridays 10-2pm in the CRC (stay tuned for FliCenter hours).  During that time, we can talk about your academic interests and research, applying to fellowships and opportunities, and graduate school. I also advise more generally on coursework, integrating academics with community engagement and social responsibility, and thinking about life and The Future™️ (yikes!). Feel free to stop by regardless of where you are in your academic journey: maybe you have no idea what you’re doing, maybe you don’t even know what questions to ask, maybe your interests are different than mine, but we can work together to figure things out.  I’m pretty resourceful, so if I don’t know the answer to your questions, chances are I’ll know someone who will.

I hope to see you at my advising hours or at a FIRe event, or to hear from you over email sometime in the next few months. I’m here to support you, and I look forward to talking soon.

Take care,


Summer Housing Guide to Providence and Beyond


I don’t know who these people are but they seem excited right?


If you’re desperately reading this you’ve probably found or are soon to find some fellowship, internship, or research opportunity to do this summer. It’s not an easy process and you worked hard for this, so take a quick moment to congratulate yourself and remember the little people who helped you make it here.

The only thing is, where are you going to live while you do this exciting new thing you now have the opportunity to do?

This post is intended to give you a brief introduction to the world of finding summer housing. In addition to what I say here I strongly encourage you to ask someone who has had to find summer housing in that city before  about how they went about the process. Their advice will be far more specific and relevant than my more general advice.

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Targeted Fellowship, Internship, and Research opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups


Don’t you love diversity?

There are many fellowship, internship, and research opportunities out there (far too many to list on this blog), and a significant portion of these are specifically for students from groups that have had a historically small presence within particular disciplines and within the university overall. Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs as they are called institutionally) can include any number of populations but is associated overall with students from marginalized minority groups, particularly:

  • Underrepresented Minority Students (Usually referring to Black, Latinx, and Native American, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students, but can be expanded to other groups depending on how it is defined).
  • First-Generation College Students (This term is used pretty generally, but can refer broadly to students who are of the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in America).
  • Low-Income Students (This one is also used pretty generally and can be relative based on the environment one is from and where one goes to college).

There are other opportunities that can also be looking for women broadly (especially in STEM fields), LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Here we hope to list some of what is out there, especially ones for Brown students. We will try to keep this post updated as we become aware of new opportunities and hope this can be a resource as you try to figure out what you can and should be applying for.

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What is the GRE and how do you prepare for it?


Don’t these diverse people look happy about standardized testing?

The Graduate Record Examination, aka the GRE, is just a standardized test used as part of most graduate school and graduate fellowship applications. Like the SAT and ACT, it is created and administered by a corporation, in this case, Educational Testing Service (ETS).

If you are considering applying for graduate school, particularly Ph.D. programs and associated fellowships, such as the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, then you will probably need to take the GRE before you apply (scores are valid for up to 5 years after you take the test). This post is specifically about the GRE General Test, but there are also specific subject tests which you may need to take depending on the field you are trying to apply to (See this page for more information on GRE Subject tests)

GRE test scores, though they are widely asked for, are rarely going to be a make or break factor in any application. Most things look at your application holistically and will not hyper focus on your score. That being said, a better score can also only help your chances. Further there is no definite breakdown of what a good or bad score looks like, especially given the range of things and fields people apply to with these scores (There is no minimum score for being admitted to a graduate program at Harvard). The only thing that will be able to give you some context for your scores is the percentiles. These show you what percentage of test takers got a score lower than yours. But ultimately that accounts for very little since the GRE, like all standardized tests, is only based on how well you can take the test, not anything about you as a person.

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