Student Funding Opportunities

Need help funding research, travel, or study abroad? Check out some of these great scholarships, fellowships, and grants!

- 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 (deadline September 27, 2013) and spring semester (deadline February 14, 2014). 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. http://dornsife.usc.edu/soar

- 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. Due in April, with no applications accepted past May 1st. Must have 3.0 GPA. SURF is available to students who have a declared major in Dornsife College. http://dornsife.usc.edu/surf/

- 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 by March 28, 2014 to be considered for Summer 2014 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. http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/ugresearch/fellowships.shtml

- Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarships

The Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer 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 2013-2014 academic year with a major in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on their cumulative academic work at USC. http://deanjoan.net/

- 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 2014-2015 cohort are due on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Please submit your application to GFS 227. http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/MMUF/index.shtml

- 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. http://sait.usc.edu/ca/funding/sources_undergraduate.htm

- USC Discovery Scholars

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 Monday, March 24, 2014. 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 Friday, May 2, 2014. 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

- USC Renaissance Scholars

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. The prize application deadline is Friday, February 21, 2014.http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/renaissance/index.shtml

- USC Global Scholars

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 Monday, March 24, 2014. 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. The Secondary Submission deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014. Applicants who submit by this deadline will only be considered for the Global Scholars designation. These applicants are not eligible for the Prize Competition. http://www.usc.edu/dept/International_Offices/Globalization/scholars/global/"

- 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. http://dornsife.usc.edu/anth/research-opportunities/.

- 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. Vincent Farenga (Director of Undergraduate Studies) at THH 256 or at farenga@usc.edu by Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

  • A letter describing the proposed project and how the award will help finance it
  • A current USC transcript (unofficial copy acceptable)
  • A letter of recommendation from a USC Classics Dept. faculty member
  • Applicant’s email, home address, and phone number

    - 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. Information on application requirements and deadlines can be found here. For more information contact Professor Lisa Bitel at bitel@usc.edu early in the spring semester.

    - 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. http://www.archaeological.org/grants/708

    - American Philological Association - Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology

    The Committee on Minority Scholarships of the American Philological Association (APA) invites applications from minority undergraduate students for a scholarship to be awarded for Summer 2014. The purpose of the scholarship is to further an undergraduate's preparation for graduate work in classics or classical archaeology. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in Italy, Greece, Egypt, etc., or language training at institutions in the U.S, Canada, or Europe. The maximum amount of the award will be $4000. http://apaclassics.org/awards-and-fellowships/minority-scholarship-classics-and-classical-archaeology.

    - 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. Since 2007, ASOR has awarded 243 total grants and scholarships for excavations through the Dever, Harris, MacAllister, Meyers/Wright, Platt, and Heritage Fellowships. http://www.asor.org/fellowships/excavation.html

    - 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. http://americanarchaeologyabroad.org/scholarships.html

    - Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships

    BAS offers scholarships of $1000 every year to a few people who would otherwise not be able to volunteer. Applications must be received by March 14, 2014. http://digs.bib-arch.org/scholarships/

    - Sacramento Archeological Society Student Scholarships

    Sacramento Archeological Society is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of aspiring archeologists and anthropologists currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution through its annual scholarship program. The total funds available are about $1500. The scholarships may be in lessor amounts, so that more scholarships may be awarded. Should several worthy applications be received, funding in excess of $1500 may be available. Scholarship applications are due May 1st of each year. All application materials must be postmarked by this date. Successful applicants may be eligible to receive an honorarium of up to $100 once they present their project results in a public presentation sponsored by the Society. http://www.sacarcheology.org/scholarships.html

    - Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarship

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. Over 2,300 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. http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program

    - Foundation for Global Scholars Awards

    Each year FGS awards over 200 scholarships to US citizens studying abroad. Awarded scholarships are between $1000 and $2500. Award amounts vary. You must be a US citizen enrolled in a US college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your US degree being earned. You must be enrolled in a US undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0. You must have a transcript. You must be studying abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks. https://fgscholars.org/overview/

    - Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

    Earn up to $10,000 for your study abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May 2014 and May 2015. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2014-2015 academic year or summer 2014. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students. http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/scholarships/

    - National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

    Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects. Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2000 and $5000 at the maximum. Please submit your pre-application at least eight months prior to your field dates, at least six months for the Expeditions Council. If your application is approved—a decision which takes about eight weeks—the relevant grant program will send you an email with a link to the full application online. The names of three academic or professional references and a curriculum vitae are to be included with the full application. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/grants-programs/yeg-application/

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