USC Africa Student Fund

The USC Africa Student Fund is a scholarship intended to support undergraduate student travel to African countries for study, research, service-based learning and internships. Students who have identified a project or program they hope to participate with are invited to apply with this program in mind. If awarded, the Africa Student Fund scholarship will help to cover airfare costs associated with participating.

Since its inception in 2010, the USC Africa Student Fund has supported students representing various USC Schools in their travel to countries such as Senegal, Mozambique and Ethiopia. See videos from one of our student trips below.

Application Process

The online application will be available in October and February each year. Students should apply no more than 10 months prior to their departure date, and preferably within six months of leaving. A select group or recipients will be chosen during each application period. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to be eligible.

The Fall 2016 application will be available throughout the month of October 2016.

The application process includes submission of:

  • an online application (below)
  • two-page personal statement
  • faculty recommendation letter

Within one month of their return to the United States, student award recipients will submit a project and/or reflective essay detailing the value of their experience in Africa.

Visit the Awardee Archive to learn how previous recipients have utilized the USC Africa Student Fund.