Third & Fourth Year

Many fellowship deadlines fall in third and fourth year. Continue research, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, community engagement, relationships with faculty, and an excellent academic record. Skills developed through applying for fellowships will translate to graduate school and professional job applications as well as intentional self-reflection on long-term goals.

How to Prepare

Third Year

Fourth Year

Maintain a strong GPA with challenging and intentional coursework Complete a senior honors thesis
Take coursework that aligns with your research interests Approach faculty for letters of recommendation
Meet with AHF to begin application processes Finish remaining coursework with an excellent GPA
Expand leadership roles beyond positional influence Prepare and submit fellowship applications – meet with AHF staff and mentors
Revisit career goals (remember the Career Center) and develop a 5-10 year plan Practice interview techniques
Study abroad in the Fall or Spring semester Wait patiently for awards notifications
Attend programs to help prepare for fellowships including the programs below Develop alternative plans
Attend Writing Workshops take place in March and April Celebrate your accomplishments!
Research and Fellowships Week is in November!
Attend Lessons From Abroad Conference and/or use their booklet to reflect on your narrative from study abroad
Start to think about applying for USC Scholar Distinctions (Renaissance, Global, Discovery)

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Applications to Consider


USC Awards & Fellowships

What & When to Apply

USC Academic Achievement Award  Tuition benefits for USC students pursuing multiple undergraduate degree objectives with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75. Freshmen – senior.
USC Africa Student Fund Funding to support USC undergraduate student traveling to African countries for study, research, internships, or service-based learning. Freshmen – senior.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service 10-week, full-time government service summer internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state or local level. Sophomore – junior.
USC Scholar Distinctions (Renaissance, Global, Discovery) Commencement honors that recognize signature academic achievements at the undergraduate level. Eligible USC seniors may compete for $10,000 prize for graduate study. Graduating seniors.
Beinecke Scholarship Need-based graduate school funding for Ph.D. in arts, humanities or social sciences. Junior.
Churchill Scholarship One year graduate degree funding in STEM fields at University of Cambridge. Senior and alumni.
Critical Language Scholarship 8-10 week summer overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program to learn one of 15 critical need languages. Freshmen – senior (enrolled at time of application).
Fulbright U.S. Student Program One year Study/Research grant in over 140 countries OR one year English Teaching Assistantship grant in over 75 countries. Senior and alumni.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Full-time postgraduate degree funding for any subject at University of Cambridge. Senior and alumni.
Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Full-time postgraduate degree funding in any subject and leadership program at Stanford University. Senior and alumni.
Luce Scholarship One year internship placement and stipend for students with limited exposure to Asia. Senior and alumni.
Marshall Scholarship Graduate degree funding in the United Kingdom to promote U.S. and U.K. exchange.Senior and alumni.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship One year Masters degree funding for one of 9 institutions in the Republic of Ireland.Senior and alumni.
Rhodes Scholarship 1-3 years of graduate degree funding at the University of Oxford. Senior and alumni.
Schwarzman Scholars One year Masters degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, with concentrations in public policy, international studies, or economics and business. Senior and alumni.
Truman Scholarship Up to $30,000 for graduate school for students with extensive record of public service intending to pursue careers in government or other public sectors. Junior.

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