The Rosen Fellowship Program

If you ever imagined a unique project that would advance your personal development, the Rosen Fellowship Program is designed to help you achieve your dreams.

The fellowship grants undergraduate students the possibility to create an out-of-classroom experience that will promote creative or career advancement. Each year, the program supports up to eight students who might not otherwise be able to afford such opportunities and who exhibit extraordinary creativity, determination and promise in articulating and pursuing their career and life goals.

Students may propose a full range of activities, including study abroad, personalized internships, scientific research, artistic expression or community engagement. All applications will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and the degree to which the proposal will credibly advance the student's personal and professional life goals.

Fellowships are competitive and will provide stipends of up to $5,000 to each chosen recipient.

The Fellowship Experience

The range and nature of each fellowship experience will be bounded only by an applicant's imagination, feasibility and resourcefulness. The duration and location of the fellowship may vary, but it should be completed within the summer immediately following the submission of the application. The application should propose a fellowship experience that:

  • reflects the student's ability;
  • advances the student's intense interest in some demonstrable fashion;
  • is concretely and coherently conceived and planned;
  • has a logical and definable duration;
  • is "achievable" under the terms of the program and within CUNY rules, policies and procedures;
  • is supported by a budget demonstrating that the experience has been planned in an efficient and economical manner; and
  • is likely to positively affect a student's life.


All full-time undergraduate Brooklyn College students in good standing may apply for the Rosen Fellowship provided that, at the time of application, they have completed at least 30 credits and not more than 90 credits. It is expected that the student will complete at least two more semesters at Brooklyn College after completion of the fellowship.


To become a Rosen Fellow, a student must demonstrate:

  • exceptional capacity to self-identify a compelling life goal;
  • the drive, focus and willpower to pursue the goal; and
  • the imagination and resourcefulness to plan a fellowship experience that will credibly advance the likelihood of achieving the goal.

Applicants must provide convincing evidence of exceptional intellectual, creative, civic or leadership ability and promise through the application, recommendations and a personal interview. Students are required to sign a form releasing the college from responsibility for property damage, personal injury, accidents, illness, death or other harm that might occur as a result of the fellowship experience. For this reason, students will be required to carry sufficient medical insurance for the period of the award. If the fellowship experience includes travel, insurance must include a specific provision for evacuation to a location for appropriate medical treatment, if necessary.