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Welcome to Academic Honors & Fellowships!

We are committed to educating the USC community about university awards and honors, and nationally competitive fellowships, as well as mentoring students and recent alumni in their pursuit of these opportunities. We also advise the Trojan Scholar Society (TSS) to promote a vibrant scholarship community. 


2020-21 Annual Report

Upcoming Deadlines & Events

Aug 01
Sep 02

USC Awards

USC recognizes the outstanding abilities of its undergraduate students and has created various opportunities to financially support students in their pursuit of interdisciplinary study, global exchange, and civic engagement.

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AHF supports applicants for select competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships. Outstanding undergraduates, recent alumni, and graduate students may qualify for fellowships funding research, study, and internship in the U.S. and abroad.

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Signature Events

Signature Academic Events allow undergraduates to explore diverse academic disciplines; showcase research, scholarly, and creative endeavors; and connect academic and professional goals to national, international, and post-graduate educational opportunities.
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Commencement Honors

USC graduating seniors may be honored by applying for Scholar Distinctions, being selected for GPA awards, and invited to apply for Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
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of academic honors and fellowship in 2022


Honors and Fellowships

in the AHF advising portfolio


USC Scholar Distinction

recipients in 2022


Faculty and Staff


First Year

First years are encouraged to begin building a strong foundation in academics, extracurricular activities, and learning about undergraduate research. Certain fellowships may support students as early as the summer following their first year.

Second Year

Sophomores should spend time completing short-term opportunities for internship, study abroad, language study, and more to prepare you for future applications to other fellowships, graduate school, and jobs. Second-years may be eligible for certain short-term fellowships.

Third Year

Third year is the perfect time to hone in and select post-graduate fellowships to pursue based on ongoing research, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, community engagement, relationship-building with faculty, and an excellent academic record.

Fourth Year

Graduating seniors are encouraged to think critically about how skills developed applying for fellowships will translate to graduate school and professional job applications as well as intentional self-reflection on long-term goals.

Alumni & Graduate Students

Explore fellowship opportunities applicable to current graduate students and/or recent alumni (in most cases, up to three years postgraduate).

Helped me learn more about who I am and who I want to be

The AHF [staff] and review committees helped me learn more about who I was and who I wanted to be. They gave me the honest feedback I needed. They poked holes in my ideas, my goals, and my beliefs, testing me and prompting me to think more about the things I value. Those moments of self-discovery, I believe, are priceless.

Jack Cagney, Class of '20

Challenged me to dig deep to better understand my own values, motives & goals

AHF introduced me to opportunities that I didn't know existed. They made my world bigger. They challenged me to dig deep to better understand my own values, motives, and goals. My fellowships abroad have fundamentally shaped by life path and trajectory moving forward.
Eva Isakovic, Class of '20

Schedule an Appointment

The goal of an advising appointment with AHF staff is to help students identify fellowship opportunities that best align with their academic, leadership, professional interests and past experiences. Appointments are typically one-on-one sessions between 30 – 60 minutes.