USC awards and external fellowships require significant time, energy, and support. Our office offers this suggested timeline to follow throughout your first, second, third, and fourth years, and post-graduate. The earlier you begin the better but most external opportunities have application processes that fall within junior and senior years. Each year offers suggested steps to prepare for growing your portfolio of experience and reflecting on right-fit opportunities as well as suggestions for awards to consider pursuing. Once you have explored our online resources, feel free to request an appointment with a fellowships advisor through our website to begin preparing for the application process.