SIR Specific Research Programs

The Honors Program is designed to provide an opportunity for a structured indepth study of a topic chosen by the student.

The Brussels Summer Program focuses on European foreign policy and security issues; students intern for organizations in Brussels.

The Southern California International Review is USC's bi-annual publication of undergraduate international relations research, and is managed and edited by SIR students.

IR Scholarship Opportunities

The Jerry Bender Africa Award is given to one School of International Relations student each year to fund an unpaid summer internship/research opportunity in Africa, in honor of Gerald (Jerry) Bender. Professor Bender taught at the School of IR from 1976 until his retirement in 2008.

The Berkes Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship also provide students with the opportunity to attend important conferences and to complete internships and other research projects.

The Madam Hui Shek-Chun "Discover China Scholarship" is an award to attend the Hong Kong Forum in the winter and for a summer internship program in China.The goal of this award is to provide students the opportunity to work in a Chinese business. Also to help students not specializing in China or East Asia to discover firsthand the country and region most critical to world politics in the 21st century.

The SIR Alumni Internship Fund allows IR students with a competitive GPA to apply to receive internship funding for an unpaid internship. An internship can be a valuable part of a college education and a stepping-stone to a career after college. Thanks to the generosity of our SIR alumni we are able to offer funding to a number of students.

Special Dornsife Programs

SURF is an opportunity for USC Dornsife students to pursue undergraduate research, in collaboration with USC faculty, either on or off campus during the summer semester.

The SOAR program provides funding to undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project, or who wish to pursue a scholarly research project of their own choosing (sponsored and supervised by a faculty member).

USC Support

University-wide support for undergraduate research includes the URAP program for research assistants who are working with a professor on an academic project.

The Provost's Research Fellowship is another research opportunity for students working with a Faculty member.

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