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

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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.

Preference shall be given to faculty applicants engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative curriculum development and/or research project on issues of global significance. Consistent with Baylor University's profile and tradition, 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.


In a typical year, the $25,000 Brown Fund will support two to three awards. The intent of the donor is for the Brown fund to be a supplement to other resources.


  • Spring Application Deadline - TBA

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