Brown Arts Initiative


Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in their final year at Brown University. This grant is intended to support students that are not immediately enrolling in graduate school post-graduation.

Note: International students may have restrictions based on their VISA type and should check in with OISSS before proceeding.

Amount & Duration of Award

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to eligible graduating students for projects that take place after graduation. 

Criteria for Selection

Successful applications will demonstrate the unique and exceptional nature of their proposed project, as well as how it serves as a vital “next step” from the university toward independent artistic or creative development and research.

Applicants should provide detail on the geographic and creative scope as well as the timeline of the proposal, and include a budget. If applicable, the budget should include any other sources of funding. It is not a requirement that projects be completed at the end of the award period, though reporting on the work and its impact will be expected. 

This is a unique opportunity for students to receive funding for exceptional creative experiences and research that might not be available elsewhere on campus. Small grants for travel, equipment, or other materials can be found through other student grant opportunities.

Timeline & Procedure for Submitting Proposals

Applications are submitted electronically via UFunds. The application period opens on January 12, 2021 and closes on February 15, 2021 at 5:00pm. Application requirements include:

  • Description of the project  
  • Intended outcome of the project            
  • Project budget 
  • Proposed timeline  
  • Recommendation letter(s)*

Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee in early March, with final award notifications made in mid-March. 

*Applicants may provide up to three recommendation letters. Recommendation letters can be from thesis advisers, external arts professionals, etc., but applicants should keep in mind that letters should be from someone that can speak to the applicants' accomplishments as well as their capacity to be successful with their proposed project. Recommenders who would prefer to send their letters directly can email a PDF to [email protected] with the subject line [Student Name] Dornstein Recommendation.

Award Conditions & Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients must complete a mid-term progress report by December 31, 2021, as well as a final report by June 30, 2022. Grant recipients are asked to describe the work accomplished and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. Final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy

Grant recipients will be asked to share their work, either as a work-in-progress, or as a finished product.