Ross N. Berkes Scholarship Fund

Ross N. Berkes served as director of SIR from 1949 to 1976. He continued teaching until 1981, when he was named professor emeritus; later, he became a distinguished professor emeritus.

“Dr. Berkes laid the foundation for what has become one of the leading international relations programs in the United States,” said Paul E. Hadley, director of USC’s Emeriti Center and a professor emeritus of international relations. “He personally taught core undergraduate and graduate courses for 50 years.”

The Ross N. Berkes Scholarship is awarded to IR majors who compete to attend one of the foreign affairs annual conferences hosted by the United States Military Academy in West Point (SCUSA), the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (AFAA), the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis (NAFAC), and in 2012, the Wheatley International Affairs Conference at Brigham Young University (WIAC).

 To read more about Ross Berkes click  here.

Exceptional Opportunities

Scholarships that help students study and intern off-campus can be life-changing experiences that can deepen their academic knowledge with practical application, as well as shaping career trajectories and inspiring new commitments.

To learn more about scholarships offered by USC Dornsife click here.

SOAR Funding

The SOAR program provides funding to Dornsife undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project. The purpose of SOAR is to connect students with faculty members and their research; it allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, and introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry. To learn more click here.

SURF Funding

SURF is an opportunity for USC Dornsife students to pursue research in conjunction with Dornsife faculty members, either on or off campus, during the summer semester. Any student in good standing, with at least one USC Dornsife major, may apply for a research stipend of up to $3,000 to provide support for working with a member of the faculty on the faculty member’s research. To learn more click here.

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