VSGC Funding

VSRI/VSGC Grad Student Fellowship

The USC VSRI/VSGC is pleased to announce a competition for a one-year Ph.D. fellowship for 2014-2015. Open to graduate students in all schools at USC. Applicants must be enrolled in the VSGC and must be in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year. By the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, applicants must be ABD, and must have completed all VSGC requirements except the dissertation. The fellowship will be in the amount of $28,000, and the school in which the student is located will pay fees. Participants will be expected to help organize the VSGC dissertation group and attend VSRI events. Applicants should submit a CV and description of dissertation (not exceeding 2-pages, single spaced). All materials are due on April 22, and should be sent as attachments to vsri@usc.edu.

VSGC Summer Research Fellowship

The Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program (VSGC) offers a limited number of summer research grants to USC graduate students on a competitive basis. Preference is given to applicants currently enrolled in the certificate program and to clearly defined projects that engage visual culture through multiple disciplinary lenses. Predissertation research is eligible for support, particularly if students demonstrate how it will enhance their applications for external fellowships in the future.

Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant

The Visual Studies Graduate Certificate also offers a grant in the amount of $2500 to support the advanced, interdisciplinary research of a USC graduate student in visual studies. Graduate students pursuing doctoral research that reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries to address visual culture, visuality, or the history and technologies of vision are encouraged to apply. This grant has been established in memory of Anne Friedberg, a pioneering scholar and colleague who taught visual studies at USC and was instrumental to the founding of the certificate program.

Past Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant Recipients:

Nadya Bair, Art History

Mark Braude, History
Lecture: “Inventing Monte Carlo" (March 2013)

Matthew Amato, History
Lecture: "Slavery in the Age of Photography" (April 2012)

Brian R. Jacobson, Critical Studies
Lecture: "'Black Maria' and its Afterlives: Visual Technology and Visual Culture" (April 2011)

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