Research and Fellowships Week

Academic Honors and Fellowships, The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs present the 4th Annual Research and Fellowships Week from October 29 – November 2, 2018!

Are you interested in learning more about research at USC?  Curious to find out how award opportunities like the Fulbright U.S. Student Program or fellowships for PhD students can fund future graduate study or research abroad?  A variety of interactive sessions and panels will be offered to help answer these questions and more!  Hear from fellow Trojans, USC Faculty, and Foundation Representatives about how research and competitive fellowships complement one another and help enhance your undergraduate, graduate, and professional career.

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Monday, October 29

Sessions located in DML 240 unless otherwise noted

Research and Fellowships 101 – 11:00-11:50am
Target Audience: Undergraduates
What is research? What is a fellowship? This presentation will offer an introduction to undergraduate research at USC and explain how research experience can be an asset when applying for competitive fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fellowships for PhD Students in Health Fields – 12:00-12:50pm
*Location: HSC Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room*
Target Audience: PhDs
A panel of funded PhDs will discuss opportunities and tips, especially for students interested in the NIH NRSA F31 fellowships.

Scholarship Opportunities in Germany – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
Germany offers more funding than any other country for study, research, English teaching and internships. Programs discussed will include: CBYX, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). German language proficiency is not always a requirement.

TSS Faculty & Deans Tea – 3:00-5:00pm *by invitation only*
*Location: TCC 450 Forum*
Target Audience: Undergraduates
In partnership with Trojan Scholars Society (TSS), the official USC student association for merit scholars, AHF is hosting the Faculty and Deans Tea to kick off Research & Fellowships Week. This event will provide students with the opportunity to connect with deans and faculty in a social environment. For questions, contact AHF at ahfstaff@usc.edu.


Tuesday, October 30

Sessions located in DML 240

Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs – 12:00-12:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters and Recent Alumni
The Coro Fellows Program is a nine-month, full-time fellowship that prepares young professionals for effective leadership in all areas of civic life. Fellows gain valuable work experience in government, labor, business, nonprofits, and electoral politics.

Fellowships for International PhD Students – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: International PhDs 
Staff from the Graduate School will discuss internal and external funding available to international PhD students.

USC Advanced PhD Fellowships – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: PhDs 
The USC Graduate School will discuss competitively awarded fellowships for students who have successfully completed the first year of their PhD program.


Wednesday, October 31

Sessions located in DML 240

Faculty Mentor Workshop – 12:00-12:50pm *by invitation only*
Target Audience: Faculty mentoring undergraduates
This round table workshop will inform faculty participants about fellowship opportunities, address how to identify and mentor strong applicants, and explain how Academic Honors and Fellowships partners with faculty to support students in the application process. For questions, contact AHF at ahfstaff@usc.edu

Boren Awards – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studying critical need languages outside of Western Europe. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. *U.S. citizenship required*

Postdoc Panel/Workshop – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: Postdocs
This session will cover postdoc funding opportunities, grant writing techniques, and tips from recent award recipients.


Thursday, November 1

Sessions located in DML 240

Summer Opportunities Fair – 11:00am-12:30pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates
Come explore short-term study, research, internship and language study opportunities available within the U.S. and abroad during the summer months.

Focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – 1:00-1:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates and PhDs
The NSF GRFP recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Fellowships for PhD Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences – 2:00-2:50pm
Target Audience: PhDs
A panel of funded PhDs will discuss opportunities and tips, especially for students interested in the NIH NRSA F31 fellowships.

USC Libraries – 3:00-3:50pm – To Be Confirmed


Friday, November 2

Sessions located in HNB unless otherwise noted

Successful Grant Strategies for Graduate Research Fellowships – 10:00-10:50am
*Location: HNB 100*
Target Audience: PhD and Doctoral Students
Dr. Heidi Smith Parker, grant strategist at the University of Southern California, Dornsife School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences will provide tips for writing effective applications to support graduate study and research with a particular focus on NSF and NIH proposals.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – 11:00-11:50am
*Location: HNB 100*
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding to carry out a research project, graduate study or teach English for an academic year in over 140 countries outside of the United States with the goal of mutual exchange. *U.S. citizenship required*

Fellowship Applicant Reception & Fellowship Friday – 12:00-1:30pm
*Location: HNB 107*
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Masters, PhDs
Join us for lunch to celebrate this year’s competitive fellowship applicants and their professional development journey. This is also an opportunity for future applicants to learn from those who have been through an application process, so bring a friend!

Postdoc Panel/Workshop – 2:00-2:50pm
*Location: HSC Herklotz Seminar Room (ZNI 112)*
Target Audience: Postdocs
This session will cover postdoc funding opportunities, grant writing techniques, and tips from recent award recipients.

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