Research and Fellowships Week

Academic Honors and Fellowships, the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs present the 7th Annual Research and Fellowships Week, November 1 – 5, 2021. Research and Fellowships Week is an annual event hosted by USC’s Academic Honors and Fellowships, The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  The goal of the week is to discuss opportunities that support research, graduate study, language learning, teaching, and internships within the U.S. and abroad.

Open to students of all academic levels, staff and faculty, attendees participate in interactive panels and workshops to explore USC programs and external post-graduate possibilities.

Questions? Email ahfstaff@usc.edu

Events for week of October 31, 2021

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Past Sessions

RFW 2020

Monday, November 2

Introduction to USC Libraries (at a Distance) for Graduate Students – 2:00-2:50pm PST (View Recording)
Target Audience: Graduate Students
Learn about the services and resources of the USC Libraries, particularly for online and distance learning and research. Come with questions!

Virtual FaculTea – 3:00-4:00pm PST
Target Audience: Undergraduates
The Research & Fellowships Week kickoff event provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to connect with deans and faculty in a social environment. Students will interact with faculty in small group conversations about study and research pathways. Faculty members included in the event can be found here.


Tuesday, November 3

The Undergraduate’s Guide to Pursuing a PhD – 12:00-12:50pm PST *Watch Here*
Target Audience: Undergraduates
A panel discussion about pursuing doctoral degrees and research with current PhD candidates in Communication (Annenberg), Biomedical Engineering (Viterbi), Business Administration – Statistics (Marshall), Political Science and International Relations (Dornsife), and Occupational Science (Ostrow).

USC Advanced Fellowships – 2:00-2:50pm PST *Watch Here*
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, November 4

USC Warren Bennis Scholars Program – 1:00-1:50pm PST
Target Audience: First Years & Sophomores
The Warren Bennis Scholars Program is a two-year, honors leadership development experience for USC undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, who manifest high leadership potential and a passion for serving society. Each year, approximately 20 students are invited to begin the program in the fall semester of their junior year.

Fellowships for International PhD Students – 2:00-2:50pm PST *Watch Here*
Target Audience: International PhDs
Staff from the Graduate School will discuss internal and external funding available to international PhD students.

Selected Recordings on Opportunities for Undergraduates 
The following links are selected recordings from previous presentations on specific awards, fellowships, and resources of significant interest for eligible USC undergraduates and, in some cases, graduate students and alumni:
General Guidance

Awards & External Fellowships


Thursday, November 5

Writing the Personal Statement – 12:00-12:50pm PST *Watch Here*
The Writing Program Personal Statement Handout
Target Audience: Undergraduates
Faculty from the Writing Program will provide an overview on crafting an effective personal narrative structure for fellowships and other post-graduate opportunities.

Pathway to Independence – 1:00-1:50pm PST *Watch Here*
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars
USC NIH F/K award recipients will guide postdocs through each essential part of the grant application: your Biosketch, Abstract, Research Environment, Research Plan, Special Considerations, Budgets, NIH Review Process, Resubmissions and more!

Fellowships for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences – 2:00-2:50pm PST *Watch Here*
Target Audience: PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Staff from the Graduate School will discuss internal and external funding available to PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Friday, November 6

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Panel – 12:00-12:50pm PST *Watch Here*
Session Preparation: Overview of Fulbright Program (19 mins)
View PDF PowerPoint Slides
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Alumni
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. Watch a recording sharing the nuts and bolts of the fellowship and attend a live panel Q&A with current applicants and previous grantees to discuss the campus process and Fulbright experience. *U.S. citizenship required