Graduate Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for research and projects at USC.

USC College Office of Research Advancement

This office acts as the central administrative home for all matters relating to research grants - intramural and extramural - providing graduate students and staff with a bevy of informational resources to aid their fieldwork, data collection, etc.


USC Latin America Studies Initiative

Led by Co-Directors Mara Elena Martnez (History) and Carol Wise (International Relations), USC's Latin American Studies Initiative aims to promote understanding of the region's history and culture, political economy, and relationship with the United States and other parts of the world. Drawing on a distinguished faculty with a long history of research expertise in Latin America, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers courses in a variety of geographic and disciplinary perspectives. For those POIR students with an interest in Latin America, as well as graduate students from other departments and disciplines at USC, the Latin American Studies Initiative is a main venue. http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/latinamericanstudies/


USC Center for International Studies

USC’s Center for International Studies (CIS) was originally established as a research unit by the School of International Relations in 1986, to promote advanced research and critical debate of theoretical and policy issues in world affairs.

The Center has since expanded its membership to include faculty in political science, economics, cinema-television, history, sociology, geography, languages, communications, public administration, business, law, and theater.

The Center supports the research of faculty and students; hosts scholars from the United States and abroad; organizes public seminars, workshops and conferences; promotes collaborative research projects; and contributes to public understanding of international affairs.


Pacific Council on International Policy

Economic, demographic and technological forces are tilting the balance of power westward in the United States and towards the Pacific Rim globally.  The dominance of the nation-state is being lessened by the power of supra- and sub-national forms of governance and by non-state actors from markets to terrorists.  The West Coast is playing an ever greater role in international affairs, not only in business, economics and culture but also in politics and security. The mission of the Pacific Council on International Policy is to give more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on critical global policy issues.


USC Center for Sustainable Cities

The Center for Sustainable Cities engages in multidisciplinary research and education on the environmental, social, and economic sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions, and contributes to the development of public policy that improves the natural and human environment of cities.


USC US-China Institute

The USC U.S. - China Institute aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts.


USC Korean Studies Institue

Our mission: to educate students and the wider community about Korea in all its varieties: history, politics, business, culture, language, and society.

Our vision: to become a global leader for research and teaching about contemporary issues and the modern history of Korea.


CIBEAR at USC Marshall

Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S.


USC Center on Public Diplomacy

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) was established in 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. It is a joint research, analysis and professional training organization dedicated to furthering the study and practice of global public diplomacy.


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