VSGC Funding

USC Visual Studies

Summer Research Grant 

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. Pre-dissertation research is eligible for support, particularly if students demonstrate how it will enhance their applications for external fellowships in the future.

To apply:

Send a 2-page project proposal, budget (not to exceed $2,000) detailing research itinerary and expenses, a CV, and a letter of support from your primary advisor. Please also list other possible funding sources for which you have applied this summer and whether you have received VSGC funding in the past. Applications are due on March 13, 2015. Please email all materials (in one PDF if possible) to VSRI@USC.EDU.

The Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant will go to an outstanding applicant whose project is especially interdisciplinary and will include a stipend of $2,500: the winner will give a lecture in spring 2016.

For more information on visual studies courses, grants, and public programs at USC, please visit https://dornsife.usc.edu/visual-studies/ and http://dornsife.usc.edu/vsri/


Past Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant Recipients:

Amber Bowyer, Critical Studies

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)

Upcoming Events

Method, Madness, and Montage: From Aby Warburg to A Beautiful Mind

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W.J.T. Mitchell,
Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
August 29
DML 241





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Visual Culture and the Future of the Humanities

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August 29-30
University of Southern California
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Petrified Vision, Animate Wood: On the Photography of African Sculpture
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Megan Luke
Assistant Professor of Art History, USC
Tuesday, September 9



VSRI Back to School Graduate Student Lunch
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September 10
University Club



Celebrating New Publications from the VSRI
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Tuesday, September 16
SOS 250



Depicting Spanish American Nature
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Thursday, September 18
SOS 250



VSRI Postdoc Welcome Reception
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Wednesday, October 1
Doheny Memorial Library 240



The Eternal Child: On Expecatations in the History of Photography
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Jan von Brevern 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Art History Department
Freie Universität Berlin
Tuesday, October 7 



VSGC Grant Writing Workshop
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Saturday, October 11
SOS 250



Building Cinematic Worlds: Production Design in 20th-Century American Film
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Monday, October 20
Doheney Memorial Library, Herklotz Room



Of(f) Museums: The Presentation of Anthropological Photographs in the Open Air
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Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Cultures of the Curatorial Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
Friday, November 14
SOS 250



The Gay Essay
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Tuesday, November 18
Discussion from 7-8pm followed by a reception from 8-9pm
Brown Auditorium, LACMA
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