Student Funding Opportunities
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Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)
Up to $1000 for a research project. The SOAR program provides funding to undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project. SOAR is for research during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Funding applications are accepted for the first third, or first five weeks, of fall and spring semester (click for Deadline dates). Must have 3.0 GPA. Full-time enrollment at USC for the entire academic year is required. SOAR is available to students who have a declared major in Dornsife College.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)
Up to $3000 for summer projects. SURF is an opportunity for USC Dornsife students to pursue undergraduate research, in collaboration with Dornsife faculty, either on or off campus during the summer semester. Students are encouraged to conduct on-site research either at USC or under the direction of USC Dornsife faculty at many institutions across the nation and around the globe. Any student in good standing, with at least one USC Dornsife major, may apply for a research stipend of up to $3000 to support a summer research project of their choosing. This stipend may be used to pay for travel, equipment, living expenses, fees, or other costs related to the research effort. Students participating in one of USC Dornsife's Problems Without Passports (PWP) research courses may use these funds to offset tuition. Early summer funding deadline is in February; second summer funding deadline is in April (click on website below for specific application deadlines). Must have 3.0 GPA. SURF is available to students who have a declared major in Dornsife College.
USC Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowships (PURF)
The Office of the Provost will provide a limited number of fellowships for undergraduate research each academic year in the fall and spring semesters, with an additional award for the summer term. Each undergraduate student funded by the program will receive a stipend in the amount of $3000 to support research in any academic field for a period of not less than eight weeks during the awarded term. All full-time USC faculty engaged in research are eligible to serve as faculty supervisors. Students will submit an online application and faculty supervisor recommendation form in March to be considered for Summer funding. General due dates - For Fall: Sept. 1st, For Spring: Dec 1st, For Summer: April 1st. USC cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Preference will be given to students whose USC cumulative GPA is 3.5 or better.
Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Merit Scholarships
The Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Merit Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a continuous love of learning. Two types of scholarship awards are available. Merit scholarships range in amount up to $5000. Travel awards range in amount up to $2500. Travel awards must be used for overseas travel programs sponsored by USC Dornsife. Applicants for the awards must be full-time undergraduate students at the University of Southern California for the next academic year with a major in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, with a junior or senior standing during the year of scholarship. Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on their cumulative academic work at USC. Application deadline is in February for the next academic year.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Fellowships are awarded to USC sophomores and juniors during the spring semester. Fellows receive a stipend of $1600 for the fall and spring semesters to support their research efforts. Additionally, during the summer months, each fellow receives a $3,600 stipend. Participation in the program is limited to students considering graduate study towards a Ph.D. in Mellon-supported fields. Students must be pursuing a major or minor in a Mellon-approved field of study and have interest in pursuing an academic career in a Mellon-designated field of study. Students must have a demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations, breaking down stereotypes, increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding, and enabling others to better understand persons of different races and ethnicities. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applications for the current cohort are due on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
USG Professional Academic Fund
Up to $750 per year for research projects or conference travel expenses. The purpose of the Academic Research Fund is to provide support for undergraduate students who conduct research projects, attend academic conferences, and pursue other research-oriented academic interests.
The Discovery Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduates who have excelled academically while making a meaningful contribution to their field of study through exceptional new scholarship or artistic work. Discovery Scholar designees will graduate from USC with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will have completed a significant senior project. Discovery Scholars will receive a medallion to wear at graduation, have their designation noted on their final transcript from the University, and may be eligible for a $10,000 prize toward graduate study or other approved post-graduate endeavors. Applications and supplemental materials must be submitted by one of two deadlines in order to be considered for the Discovery Scholars Designation. The Primary Submission deadline is March 18, 2019. Applicants who submit by this deadline will be considered for the Discovery Scholars designation and may be nominated to move on to the Prize Competition. The Secondary Submission deadline is April 22, 2019. Applicants who submit by this deadline will only be considered for the Discovery Scholars designation. Secondary deadline applicants are not eligible for the Prize Competition. http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/discovery/application.shtml
The Renaissance Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduates who have excelled academically while pursuing at least two widely separated fields of study. Renaissance Scholar designees will graduate from USC with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA as well as at least a 3.5 GPA in each of the certified programs (major and minor, or two majors). Renaissance Scholars will receive a medallion to wear at graduation, have their designation noted on their final transcript from the University, and may be eligible for a $10,000 prize toward graduate study. Certification deadline for graduating seniors is December 31. Prize competition deadline for certified seniors is February 1.
The Global Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduate students who have excelled academically while becoming world-citizens. Global Scholar designees will graduate from USC with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will have spent at least ten weeks abroad either through study abroad programs, internship opportunities, service work, or a combination of these efforts. Global Scholars will receive a medallion to wear at graduation, have their designation noted on their final transcript from the University, and may be eligible for a $10,000 prize toward graduate study. Applications and supplemental materials must be submitted by one of two deadlines in order to be considered for the Global Scholars Designation. The Primary Submission deadline is February 11, 2019. Applicants who submit by this deadline will be considered for the Global Scholars designation and may be nominated to move on to the Prize Competition.
Anthropology: Weibel-Orlando Undergraduate Research Fund
Up to $1000 of research funding from the Anthropology Department. You must be enrolled in an anthropology or archaeology course.
Classics: Douglas Nelson Award in Classical Studies
For Classics majors or minors, or students who have completed 3 semesters of college-level Greek or Latin. Undergrads in Classics and related fields are invited to apply for a limited number of awards to assist travel and research expenses for a project of study about the classical world. Preference is given to students who use the award for travel to the Mediterranean, either as an individual or as a participant in an organized program of study. The award is based on the quality of the proposed project and the student’s overall academic excellence. Applicants should submit the following materials to Prof. Lucas Herchenroeder (Director of Undergraduate Studies) email@example.com:
History: Roberta Persinger Foulke Fellowships (Undergraduate female students only)
Provides assistance for students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of women in the field of history or historical studies. Two award categories exist: Merit Awards and Research/Travel Grants. Visit the website for information on application requirements and deadlines.
Archaeological Institute of America - Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship
This scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations. Application deadline, March 1.
American Schools for Oriental Research Grants and Fellowships
In 2007, ASOR renewed its emphasis on providing excavation grants and fellowships that allows individuals to participate in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean. ASOR has awarded 404 researchers and students with mini-grants for excavation projects and dig fellowships for excavation participants.
American Archaeology Abroad - Al and Margaret Cohen Fellows
This annual fellowship program awards a $1500 fellowship stipend to two American undergraduate students to help pay expenses associated with participation in an overseas excavation project.These competitions promote the organization’s goals of supporting archaeological excavations while also supporting the education of future archaeologists.
Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships
BAS annually offers dig scholarships of $2000 each to people desireing to participate in a dig and demonstrating fianancial need. *Suspended for 2020
Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4000. The program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria. The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. The applicant is studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. The applicant is studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.
The USC Dream Dollars Scholarship is a unique award for USC undergraduate students who secure unpaid summer internships with a non-profit or government organization. This program supports students interested in gaining work experience from an unpaid internship. Students will be selected through an application and interview process. All internships must be a minimum of six weeks. The program awards a $1,500 scholarship to selected students.
The Skull and Dagger Foundation is pleased to announce that four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to continuing USC students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships will be awarded to students (graduate or undergraduate) who have demonstrated significant campus and/or community leadership. *Suspended for 2020