First & Second Year

First Year

How to Prepare

Applications to Consider

Develop academic, career, and personal goals  USC Academic Achievement Award 
Take foreign language courses  USC Africa Student Fund
Attend classes and start with a strong GPA (go to office hours!)  Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
Get involved with research through professors  Gilman Scholarship
Join student organizations and/or volunteer – stay involved  Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute
Start a resume/CV and visit the Career Center for resume coaching
Visit the Writing Center for help with essay drafts
Apply for summer abroad opportunities
 Attend Research and Fellowships Week!

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Second Year

How to Prepare

Applications to Consider

Select programs with interdisciplinary emphasis and look into the Renaissance Scholar distinction certification  USC Academic Achievement Award
Continue involvement with research on and off campus  USC Africa Student Fund
Get to know your professors further at office hours and campus events  Schaeffer Fellows Program
Apply for study abroad programs  USC Warren Bennis Scholars
Continue involvement with extracurricular activities  Boren Scholarship
Explore leadership roles in student organizations  Udall Scholarship
Make positive impact on campus/local communities  Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute
Participate in mock interviews
Maintain a journal of goals and reflections
Consider going abroad for the summer
Research fellowships available to juniors and prepare your applications
Attend Research and Fellowships Week!

 

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