International Relations is now accepting applications for the Bender-Schneidman Africa Award. The scholarship awards up to $3000 which may be used to assist students in completing research projects, or accepting unpaid summer internship positions located in Africa.

In order to qualify for funding the internship or project must be an academically approved activity.

Eligibility Requirements:

GPA of 3.0 or higher

The internship or research must be completed before the student graduates from USC Dornsife.

Recipients must be registered for the Fall 2024 term.

Must be either a IR, IRGB, or IRGE major

Must have completed IR 210, and at least one other IR 200 level methods course

Application procedure:

Deadline – 3/18/2024

Submit a completed application form to Akeya Harmon at giving the student’s major, current GPA, and expected graduation date. Components include:

Include a resume or CV (make sure it is up to date and relevant to this Internship application, not a generic version).

Provide a research or internship proposal, please note if you have applied to other funding resources.

Internship Proposal: Identify the sponsoring organization, its mission, its address, the name and contact information for the intern’s supervisor, the nature of the intern’s work, the number of weeks and hours per week, and why it would be valuable to hold this internship.

Research Proposal: Identify the research question and methods used to answer the question. Detail how you will use funding to complete your research. Please include the number of number of weeks and hours per week, and why it would be value to fund your research

A simple budget showing living expenses for the internship period and travel to and from the site.

Submit your STARS Report

2. Ask a USC faculty member to submit a Recommendation Document, found here.

(For students applying for internship support): In order to disburse the award the School will need a letter from the organization offering the internship to the student for the specified period, and agreeing to provide the School with a simple report on the student’s work at the end of the internship. You may submit an application that contains all elements except this letter, and provide the letter if the grant is approved and you decide to accept it.