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Scholarships and Fellowships

International Scholarships and Fellowships

Office of Academic and International Fellowships
Noosha Malek, Director
Martha Enciso, Associate Director
Katie Calvert, Assistant Director
(213) 740-9116

It is never too early to start planning for a post-baccalaureate international fellowship, such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships or Fulbright grants. These and other scholarships and fellowships could provide a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to further your studies in a world-class environment abroad, within an international community of scholars. The best applications have months and years of planning behind them.

The Office of Academic and International Fellowships can support you throughout the process, providing assistance with information gathering, reviewing essays, mock interviews, application coordination and university endorsements. Academic and International Fellowships will also connect you with faculty experts on campus and others who have been through the process to help you to strategize and determine which scholarships may best suit your needs. Scholarships include the Churchill Scholarship, Fulbright Grant, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Gillman Scholarship, Luce Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Rotary Scholarship and Truman Scholarship.

You may contact the office at any time during your undergraduate or graduate career if you are considering one of these opportunities, or would like to find out more information. Keep an eye out for on-campus fall and spring information sessions.

Additional Sources of Financial Support for Graduate Study

Finding financial support for graduate study frequently requires careful planning and considerable initiative. However, there are many USC resources available to help you through the process. Many funding sources have application deadlines earlier than university admission and financial aid deadlines, so begin your inquiries early, at least a year before you plan to begin graduate study.

Many federal agencies, foundations and corporations offer awards to students. The USC Graduate School, (213) 740-9033, can direct you to several Web resources on this topic. You may also call the Doheny Library Reference Center at (213) 740-4039.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Martha Enciso, Assistant Coordinator
(213) 740-9116

Bruce Zuckerman, Co-coordinator
(213) 740-3405
Ahmanson Center for Biological Research (ACB), 327

George Sanchez, Co-coordinator
(213) 740-2531
Bovard Administration Building (ADM) 304

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiative to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. The University of Southern California’s MMUF program is a partnership between the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program identifies, supports and mentors highly qualified undergraduate students and encourages them to pursue a Ph.D. in fields in which diversity has not been historically present. In order to bring a wider range of experiences and perspectives to teaching and scholarship, the program also strives to increase the number of faculty from underrepresented groups.

Students are chosen on the basis of their academic performance, potential and interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in a Mellon-approved field (humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, computer science and mathematics). Fellowships are awarded each spring semester to sophomore and junior students. An award of $3,600 is provided for two summers, enabling fellows to devote six weeks of full-time work to an academic research project.

Fellows also receive $1,600 each academic year ($800 per semester) to devote time to their research projects. During their research projects, students gain insight into an academic career by working closely with a faculty mentor.

A loan repayment program is available to help students overcome disincentives to pursue an academic career caused by undergraduate loan indebtedness. Fellows who enroll in a Mellon-approved Ph.D. program within 39 months of receiving their undergraduate degree are eligible for up to $10,000 in undergraduate loan payments.

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