Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities to receive external grants and support.
Sidney E. Frank and June Rockwell LevyFellowships:
Students entering the Brown University PhD programs are nominated by their respective programs for these fellowships and selected based on academic excellence, research aptitude and potential for future success. Frank Fellows are appointed for three semesters and one summer, and receive a supplemental stipend in addition to their $27,500 annual stipend. Past recipients from the Neuroscience Graduate Program are Cecilia Phillips, Kaivon Paroo and Michelle Fogerson.
National Science Foundation:
The National Science Foundation, through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program, provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. Submission deadlines for this award are in early November. A number of students have been supported by this prestigious predoctoral fellowship including Jonathan Barchi, Mark Bell, Michelle Fogerson, Lachlan Franquemont and Kaivon Paroo.
National Research Service Award:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides individual predoctoral research training fellowship awards to promising doctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.
Applicants must be at the dissertation research stage of their doctoral training. Applicants must also show evidence of both high academic performance in the sciences and substantial interest in areas of high priority to the participating Institutes. A number of students have been supported by NRSA fellowships including Omar Ahmed, Summer Allen, Jennifer Barredo, Jennifer Kim, Julia Najera, Cecilia Phillips, Naveen Rao, and Timothy Zolnik.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship:
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Justine Allen is currently supported by an NDSEG fellowship.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s or Doctoral study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Two students in the program, Heida Sigurdardottir (Iceland) and Jacqueline Hynes (Ireland), have been funded by the Fulbright program.
The Taiwan Scholarship Program was established jointly by three government agencies of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs. Yao-Jen Chang is the first student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program to be funded by this fellowship.
The Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation has established funds that initiate an international collaboration program between Brown University and Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, for joint research programs that will lead to closer ties between Brown and Bogaziçi in molecular biology and brain science. Two students, Altar Sorkaç and Mustafa Talay, are funded by this fellowship.
Additional funding opportunities are listed in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.