Apply for Fellowships

The USC Office of Fellowships and Scholars Program has many opportunities for learning how to apply and win these awards.

Wondering where to start with National Fellowships this year?

How about with INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) – our new searchable database of fellowships!
Find a fellowship that fits your interest, then come see us during drop-ins to get started on the process!

Drop-in hours start Monday, August 26th.
Monday and Tuesday in Legare 220: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday in the Honors Residence Hall A107: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

As you plan your semester, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our upcoming workshops facilitated by USC faculty, previous winners, and OFSP advisors.

Monday, August 26, Gressette Room, Harper College, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Jeff Persels, Dr. Yvonne Ivory, and Jen Bess will share information on this award, available to graduating seniors and graduate students who articulate a clear program involving study, research or teaching English to be carried out in a particular international academic setting for one year. Fluency in the host language is preferred, an appreciation for cross-cultural exchange and a strong background in American culture and current events of the host country are critical. USC Application Deadline: September 4, 2013.

Wednesday, August 28, Room 322 Legare College, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Ed Dickey will share information about the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship, and there will be a discussion of the Madison and Ford scholarships as well. All three offer support for graduate-level study leading to careers in teaching. The Knowles focuses on teaching high school science and math, the Madison supports those intending to teach high school social studies or US history, and the Ford supports students interested in increasing the diversity among university faculty.
Knowles Deadline: October 15, 2013.
Madison Deadline: March 1, 2014.
Ford Deadline: November 15 and 20, 2013.

Wednesday, September 4, Room 322 Legare College, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Kevin Lewis will discuss the opportunity offered by the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, which funds a graduate degree at Cambridge in any discipline, to students who are committed to improving the lives of others. USC Application Deadline: October 9, 2013.

Wednesday, September 11, Room 322, Legare College, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Shelley Smith will present the Truman Scholarship. The Truman provides up to $30,000 to juniors (any major) preparing for a career in public service with demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, service accomplishments, and a commitment to public service. USC Nomination Deadline: October 23, 2013.

Monday, September 16, Gressete Room of Harper College, 3:30 p.m.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF), with DoD NDSEG, DOE CSGF, and EPA STAR.
Join Dr. Erin Connolly to learn more about the NSF application process. The NSF GRF offers approximately $132,000 to support 3 years of graduate work in the sciences. We will also present a brief amount on other federally-funded opportunities for students seeking funding for graduate school in the STEM fields.
NSF GRF Deadlines:
November 04- Engineering, Computer and Information Science & Engineering, Materials Research
November 05- Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy
November 07- Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education & Learning Research
November 08- Life Sciences, Geosciences
DoD NDSEG Deadline: Mid-December, 2013.
DOE CSGF Deadline: Early January, 2013.
EPA STAR Deadline: Late November, 2013.

*Note corrected day and time* Monday, September 23, Room 322 Legare College, 3:30 p.m.
GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP with SMART (Science, Math and Research for Transformation).
Dr. Douglas Meade will explain the Goldwater Scholarship, while Jen Bess will address the SMART. The Goldwater is the most prestigious national award for undergraduate students in the sciences, providing up to $7,500 to sophomores and juniors who are pursuing bachelors’ degrees in science, mathematics or engineering, and who have strong GPAs, research experience, and a commitment to a research career. USC Nomination Deadline: October 21, 2013. The SMART fellowship offers an estimated $42,200 for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and who want to work at DOD laboratories. Supplemental materials to OFSP for overnight mailing: December 4, 2013. Online Application Deadline: mid-December, 2013.

See for the full schedule of fall workshops!