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Richard Smoke Fellowships

The Richard Smoke Summer Fellowship, named for a prominent Watson Institute scholar who died in 1995, supports students pursuing internships abroad in the summer of 2011 with fellowships of up to $3,500.


These fellowships are sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies.

The fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants should consider the following guidelines carefully:

* Internship proposals must relate directly to contemporary global problems and may involve research, advocacy, service, or any combination, but must be real working internships.
* The internships must be international – they may be located anywhere in the world outside of the United States;
* Freshmen are ineligible;
* Students must be enrolled at Brown during the time of their internship, i.e. seniors graduating in May 2011 are ineligible;
* Preference will be given to rising seniors and juniors who have not received Watson fellowship funding in the past;
* Successful applicants will demonstrate that they will be substantively involved in work being done by professionals who are dedicated to the resolution of contemporary international global problems;
* Institutional affiliation is very important – students must demonstrate that there is a real opportunity available in the organization they are planning to join for the summer; and
* Summer-long internships (10-12 weeks) will be given priority, and those under 8 weeks in length will not be considered.

Important criteria for judgment will include:

* The extent to which the internship constitutes a logical part of the student's personal and professional trajectory;
* The project's relevance to contemporary global problems; and
* The student's academic standing.

Interested students are responsible for finding their own internship positions. Funding will be provided only for unpaid internships and will not cover fees to participate in study abroad, exchange or other similar programs (e.g., Amigos). Students who are awarded and accept Smoke Fellowship funding may not accept other University summer funding. The number of students funded and the amount of funding per student will depend on the number of applications and the nature of the internship.

Requirements of acceptance of these internships include:

* Willingness to report on the internship throughout the summer on a weblog; and
* Completion of a paper and a public presentation about the summer internship upon return to Brown in the fall of 2011.

A Release and Waiver Form will be provided for all fellowship recipients and must be signed before the award is made. Students desiring to travel to countries on the State Department's travel warning list should schedule an appointment to meet with an OIP advisor in advance of applying for the fellowship to discuss their specific case. To do so, call 3-3555 or visit the office in J. Walter Wilson. If travel is approved, a supplementary waiver form will be required. PLEASE NOTE: Political circumstances and security situations abroad are always subject to change. Therefore, funding for travel to ANY country can be revoked at any time prior to departure if the destination is deemed by the Dean of the College, in consultation with the Director of International Programs and advisories by the US State Dept., to have become of high risk and acutely dangerous.

Application information

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 11 by 5pm (EST). Please click here to return to the main fellowships page, from which the application can be accessed.

If you are also planning to apply to the Ringer, Ruzicka, and/or Swearer Summer Fellowships, you need only submit one application, specifying each funding opportunity for which you wish to be considered. The following documents must be submitted with your application:

1 - Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages with 12 point font, one inch margins, and 1.5 spacing), specifying:

* The work you propose to undertake
* Needs being addressed and/or relevance to contemporary global problems
* Your academic and experiential background which fits this project
* Your personal and educational goals in pursuing this project

2- Resume

3- Transcript (unofficial, student-issued pasted into a Word document is fine – please ensure student name is displayed)

4 - *Letter of support from the agency with which you will be working. The letter should specify the need that will be addressed, the work you will undertake, the extent of the support which will be available to you from the agency, and their understanding of your project.


5 - *Letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty member who is familiar with your interest and experience relevant to your proposal.

*IMPORTANT: These letters should be emailed directly from the agency and recommender to Andrew_Gammon@brown.edu by 5pm (EST) on Friday, March 11. Your application will not be considered complete until each is received.

Only when email is impossible should they be mailed to:

Andrew Gammon
Box 1970, Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

For questions please contact Andrew Gammon at Andrew_Gammon@brown.edu. Andrew holds office hours by appointment for questions and proposal guidance on Thursdays between 2-5pm.
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