Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2015-2016 COMPETITION. Any questions? Please email

***Hayward R. Alker, who passed away on August 24, 2007, was the John A. McCone Chair in International Relations at the USC School of International Relations. In honor of the many graduate students and young scholars whose lives and careers he enriched, the Center for International Studies has given his name to our post-doctoral fellows program.***

Student Grants and Fellowships

CIS offers research assistantships, one dissertation fellowship, an essay competition, International Business Dissertation and Research (CIBER) fellowships, and a variety of small grants designed to support graduate student research.

Click on links below for more information and application guidelines.

Faculty Opportunities

CIS provides several research and funding opportunities for its members including research assistants and a variety of short term faculty research grants designed to facilitate faculty research. Click on links below for more information and application guidelines. For more information, please email the CIS grants coordinator Erin Barber at

USC Dornsife Research Office

Nearly 500 distinguished scholars are engaged in systematic inquiry within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has attracted a large pool of the world’s leading scholars and rising stars who will help shape the research enterprise of the 21st century. 

Here are some useful links and opportunities that the USC Dornsife Research Office have provided to aid faculty and students in their research.

Helpful Links

Developing NIH Grant Applications
Writing Persuasive Proposals
Communicating Technical Innovation to the Public