Apply Now for the 2014-2015 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Haynes Foundation recently announced the 2014 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. The Fellowships are designed to encourage research into the economic, social, policy or political issues that impact Los Angeles.

The Graduate School coordinates the submission of these fellowships on behalf of the University. The application guidelines are below. Applications are due to the Graduate School office in GFS 315 by 5:00pm on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014.

In addition to the paper proposal, applicants are required to submit an on-line proposal information form ( Students should include the information below in the boxes set aside for the Organization Information.

Prefix Suffix:                Dr.
First Name:                  Meredith
Last Name:                  Drake Reitan
Present Position           Assistant Dean of Graduate Fellowships
Department                 Graduate School, Office of the Provost
Organization/School     University of Southern California
Mailing Address             3601 Watt Way, GFS-315
City                              Los Angeles
State                            CA
Zip Code                      90089-1695
Contact Telephone       (213) 821-5644
Contact Email     


2014-2015 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines 

THE HAYNES FOUNDATION, which supports social science research into policy issues that impact the Los Angeles region, invites proposals for its 2014-2015 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (due date is February 20, 2014). The Fellowships are designed to encourage well-conceived and imaginative research into the economic, social, policy or political issues that impact Los Angeles.  Graduate students enrolled at institutions and programs awarding the Ph.D. in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area (i.e., the California Institute of Technology, the Claremont Graduate University, the Pardee-RAND Graduate School, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Southern California) are eligible for the awards.  Grants will be made to the institution on behalf of the student for subsequent disbursement and graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and fees for Fellowship recipients.  More than one student may apply from each institution; some institutions may receive more than one award, some none.

Up to eight (8) awards of $20,000 each will be announced in April/May 2014 and available for one year of work toward completion of the dissertation (field work, research or writing may be covered).  Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals accepted and be working with their faculty advisors as of the date that the applications are due to be submitted to the Foundation.  The universities may add to these awards, but they should clearly be designated as “Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.” The Fellowship awards are not renewable.  A 3-4 page report to the Foundation, outlining the recipient’s work during the period of the award as well as an analysis of the extent to which the completed work reflects the effort proposed in the original proposal is due at the Foundation office no later than August 1, 2015. The Foundation recognizes that, in many cases, the dissertation will not be completed by this due date.  Therefore, the Foundation requests that the recipient summarize the dissertation’s key findings in 1–2 pages and submit the summary by the due date, and follow up with a 3-4 page report when the dissertation is complete. Recipients are also invited to provide the Foundation with a link to an online version of the research.

We are seeking proposals that address economic, social, policy, or political problems that impact the Los Angeles region, defined as the five-county area of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura. A broader geographic scope will be considered if an important part of the research impacts the Los Angeles region.  We are open to a wide range of specific topic areas within that broad category.  Proposals can address either immediate policy concerns or can provide basic research that would underlie future policy efforts.  The criteria for selection are: 1) the relevance of the proposal to the mission of the Foundation, 2) the significance of the project for the scholarly field and its potential impact on public policy 3) the quality of the academic record of the applicant, 4) the applicant’s demonstrated ability to conduct research within set time frames, 5) the relevance of the project to the applicant’s future professional growth and success.  These attributes should be addressed in the description of the project and in the letter of recommendation.  The Foundation expects proposals to be clearly written, to the greatest extent possible without academic jargon.  Proposals should be written for the layperson, informed but not necessarily familiar with terms of art used only within fields and sub-fields of academia.

Five copies (formerly fifteen copies) and one PDF copy of the Dissertation Fellowship application must be received at the Foundation office no later than 3:00 p.m. on February 20, 2014.Each of the five application packets must include, in the following order:

  • A one-page cover sheet, setting out the title of the proposal, the PI/proposer’s name, mailing address, telephone, email, institution, and faculty advisor.
  • A six-page proposal, double-spaced in 12-point type face.  The proposal should state the research problem, the project goals and the methods to be used.
  • A one-page bibliography listing key sources of direct relevance to the dissertation topic.
  • A two-page condensed personal resume.
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty advisor, single-spaced in 12-point typeface.
    • The advisor should provide the advisor’s estimation of the dissertation completion date, and also serves as a written indication of institutional support. 
    • A copy of the letter of recommendation should be attached to each individual proposal. However, should the advisor choose to send it separately, the five hard copies of the letter of recommendation should then be placed in a single envelope and included in the application packet. The single envelope containing five copies of the letter may be sealed if that is the faculty advisor’s preference. The envelope may not be sent under separate cover.

Applicants should “bundle” these materials (including the letters of recommendation, as described above) in five separate packets with a cover page listing address, telephone number and email address where they can be reached.  Please do not staple or bind the materials in any way:  rather, separate the bundles with large paper clips.  In addition, a copy should also be sent electronically in both PDF and in Word formats.

Awards will be announced two to three months after the proposal due date. For general information, please refer to the list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Foundation’s website. You may call or write William J. Burke, Administrative Director, The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, 888 West Sixth Street, Suite 1150, Los Angeles, California 90017-2737, (213) 623-9151 or email at, with a copy to


Attention, Master’s Students: USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

More information attached and

Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2014

The fellowship is awarded to 5 graduate students enrolled in 2-year masters programs in the following fields:

  • International Affairs
  • Development
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Communications
  • Public Policy
  • Business Administration Foreign Languages
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Urban Planning
  • Other related fields, excluding law

Fellows will receive up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees and a $15,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses.  Fellows will also receive up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation and other related expenses for summer internships.

Students who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Fellows are committed to a minimum of three years of service as a USAID Foreign Service Officer.

Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in May.

Fellows will participate in two summer internships, one in Washington DC before the first year of graduate study, and the second overseas in a USAID Mission between the first and second years of graduate study.

Each fellow will receive mentoring throughout the duration of the fellowship.

Application eligibility includes the following:

  • Applicants must be US citizens
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2014 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.  They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2014, or they can be college graduates.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Applications are due on Monday, January 27, 2014 electronically and include the following:
    • Background information (e.g., name, contact information)
    • A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicant’s reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a USAID Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
    • A statement (in 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
      • The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
      • Overall education-related debt
      • Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One from a faculty member who is well acquainted with the individual
    • One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential to serve as a USAID Foreign Service Officer
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Student Aid Report generated from the FAFSA form.
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.
  • Official Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit.

For more information including FAQs as well as tips for preparing a competitive application, please visit:

For all inquiries, please contact:
    Tessa Henry, Payne Program Officer
    (202) 806-5952 or

USC Staff Club Scholarships

The University Staff Club is soliciting applications for the 2013-2014 Graduate Scholarships.  All students (preferably those with an undergraduate degree from USC – but not required) who are currently enrolled in a USC graduate program are eligible for one of the twenty $1,000 scholarships being awarded this year.  Criteria for selection include academic record, financial need, activities, service and future goals.

The instructions for completing the Scholarship Application are as follows:
1. Download the document. Fill in the application questionnaire. Find the fillable PDF here
2. Save the document as your last name, first name onto your computer.
3. Return the application by e-mail to the Scholarship Committee at
The deadline is Friday December 27, 2013 3:00 P.M. (no exceptions)
4. We will begin accepting applications Thursday December 12, 2013.

If you are awarded a scholarship you will be invited, and are expected to attend
the first half of one of our Staff Club Executive Board Meetings
(date, time, and location to be announced, or our Annual Holiday Social).

Due to the many applications we receive, please do not apply if you have previously been awarded a scholarship. Thank you.

The names of the recipients of this year’s scholarships will appear on our website Monday February 3, 2013.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to your application.

Scholarship Committee
USC Staff Club

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship – Deadline Jan 10, 2014

Read on to find out more about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, formerly known as the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.

The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.

Available Countries: African Union, Bangladesh, Burma, Guatemala, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Samoa, and Timor-Leste.

The program is currently accepting applications from candidates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently a U.S. citizen
  • Have a masters degree  (MA, JD, MBA, MPA, MPH, MSW, MSc, or other) with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy prior to September 1, 2014 or will be enrolled in a doctoral program prior to September 2014.
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience in policy related fields. 

The Fulbright-Clinton fellowship deadline is January 10, 2014. Students are not required to meet with USC Fulbright advisors, but the Office of Academic and International Fellowships (information below) can assist if students have any questions. Applications must be submitted directly to Fulbright. Additional information, instructions, and tips are available at

You can also take advantage of this brief tutorial video:

From the Office of Academic and International Fellowships Noosha Malek, Director Martha Enciso, Associate Director Katie Calvert, Assistant Director GFS 227

Fellowship Resources for International and Undocumented Students

We are pleased to share some fellowship resources for international and undocumented students. The first PDF document is a list of scholarships that do not require proof of US citizenship. Though most of the opportunities are for undergraduate students, there are a few graduate student prospects as well. The second list summarizes funding for international students.

Scholarships Don’t Require Proof of US Citizenship
Selected Funding Sources Open to Non-US Citizens

The following are opportunities that look promising for graduate students:

American Association for University Women – International Fellowships
Full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Deadline: December 1.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship Program
Citizens of ADB’s developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region. The ADB-JSP provides full scholarships for one to two years.

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation
Female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Graduate fellowships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded each year. Deadline: January

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in the analysis that informs the creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation
This scholarship recognizes excellence in Ph.D. or post-doctoral environmental research and education. Deadline: August 1.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
Up to 50 fellowships to support social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.

King Faisal Foundation Scholarship
Funding opportunity for Muslim students in Medicine, Engineering, and sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Geology) to study at an accredited European or North American university.

Smithsonian Fellowships
Unless noted otherwise, all Smithsonian fellowships (graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, senior) opportunities are open to non-US citizens. Deadlines vary.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States are eligible. Deadline: November 1.

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is pleased to announce the launching of the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award.  The purpose of the Graduate Arts Award is to help cultivate the next generation of great artists and writers.  This award, worth up to $50,000 per year, will recognize and reward the most promising artists and writers from lower-income backgrounds.

The Graduate Arts Award enables up to 20 students with artistic and creative merit and outstanding academic achievement to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The recipients receive funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books, for the length of the graduate degree program, up to three­­­ years.

For more information please visit our website at and follow the Foundation on Twitter @TheJKCF for updates.

As a reminder, we are conducting two webinars; one for Graduate Arts applicants on October 8 and the other for faculty representatives on October 15.  Both webinars begin at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Now Hiring: Two Graduate Student Advocate Positions

Below is the announcement for two open
Graduate Student Advocate positions in the Graduate School:
The Graduate Student Advocate for Student Relations and the
Graduate Student Advocate for Diversity Outreach.

Applications are welcome from PhD students in all fields.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 7th.
View the job posting as a PDF: GSA Announcement 2013-14

Thesis/Dissertation Submission Information Sessions for Summer 2013

Planning to submit your thesis or dissertation for an August 2013 graduation date? Join the Thesis Coordinator for one of two information sessions regarding the summer thesis and dissertation submission cycle NEXT WEEK. Mark your calendars with the following dates and times:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
2:15pm – 3:15pm
GFS 116

Thursday, May 23, 2013
2:15pm – 3:15pm
NTT 7409


Email with questions.

Fulbright Student Grant Info Session and other Fulbright Opportunities

The final Fulbright Student Grant information session of the semester will be held
Thursday, April 25th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Leavey Library Auditorium.

Come learn about the Fulbright Student Grant from fellow USC Trojan, Paige Battcher, as she discusses her experience as a Fulbright Scholar. Fulbright advisors will also present information regarding the USC Fulbright application process.

If you would like more information about the Fulbright program but are unable to attend the session, please contact our office at to schedule an appointment with an advisor. 

The Fulbright Student Grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students in any major field of study. U.S. citizenship is required.

Visit to learn more about Paige’s Fulbright Scholar experience.


Fulbright Scholar Program
Deadline: August 1, 2013

Basic Eligibility Requirements:
– Applicants must have U.S. citizenship
– A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including the master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate. Candidates outside academe (e.g., professionals, artists) need recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments.

Fulbright Flex Awards
Deadline: August 1, 2013

For scholars who propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years.  The total proposed visits should equal approximately one semester of exchanges.  In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, flex award scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2013

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. The number of such Fulbright Scholar awards has grown, particularly for research activities. A few awards include teaching opportunities as well.  Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences.