The ExL Award provides funding for qualified USC undergraduate students at USC Dornsife who wish to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as service-learning, professional conferences, or overseas studies opportunities.

If you are interested in applying for funding for an approved Julymester/Maymester course or research with a faculty mentor, please apply for SOAR for the fall and spring semesters or SURF for summer programs.

Application Period: August 1, 2023 – September 14, 2023

Award Eligibility Requirements:
• Declared major in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
• 3.0 cumulative USC GPA or better
• Demonstrated Financial Need
• Dornsife approved program or opportunity

Please note that recipients of SOAR/SURF or the Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship (PURF) cannot be contemporaneously considered for an ExL award.

Please complete the form online and upload the required documents. Applications will be reviewed each semester and awarded based on available funding. Email with any questions or concerns.

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  • Please visit Direct Deposit Stipend Instructions for guidance. This is highly recommended to avoid lost checks.

    Be advised that your first installment may arrive as a check mailed to your local home address. Students should always keep all addresses current in OASIS.

  • Only if the course is not approved for SOAR. Check the website for approved courses.

  • No. Recipients of SOAR/SURF cannot be contemporaneously considered for an ExL award.


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ExL Award Program