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Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship


In 2013, Dr. Clara M. Lovett created the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship (the Brown Fund) to honor her late husband. Dr. Brown grew up in Waco, and he graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a B.A. in History and English. He later earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Harvard University. An authority on the history of modern Italy, he taught at Sonoma State University and at the University of Kansas. Later, he joined the Directorate of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, first as scholar-in-residence and then as senior political analyst.

The Brown Fund supports curriculum development and research projects on issues of global significance. Brown Fund awards range in amount up to $7,500 per fiscal year based on the needs of the project. The number of available awards will be determined annually based on the available earnings from the Brown Fund.

Preference shall be given to faculty applicants engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative curriculum development and/or research projects on issues of global importance. Examples of topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration and conflict among followers of various world religions,
  • The interplay of religious beliefs/practices with civil society and political authority,
  • The eradication of illiteracy,
  • The impact of economic development on traditional societies, and
  • Global public health.


Any current, full-time faculty member who has completed three or more years of full-time service at Baylor University is eligible to apply for a Brown Fund award. Visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates are not eligible to apply.


The deadline to apply for funding in FY '18 (June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018) is noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.


If you have questions about program guidelines, please contact Blake Thomas, research project manager, at x3153.

To submit an application to the Brown Fund, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs Coordinator assigned to your academic unit to obtain access to the online application form and to begin the proposal submission process.

Final Report Form
Investigators who receive funding under the Brown Fund must submit a final report within 60 days of the end of their project period.

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