Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarship

USC will nominate two international students for the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association International Scholarship. The nominated students will be expected to complete their studies in 2013 – 2014. The award is for $1,500.

Students are asked to return the completed application via email to by Monday, May 6, 2013. Faculty recommenders may send their form and/or letter via email to by Monday, May 6, 2013.

When preparing the application, students should keep in mind the following criteria:

  1. The award is intended for foreign students completing their graduate work. Students are only eligible for one award.
  2. Awardees are expected to be returning to their home countries, preferably just after completing the degree. However, postdoctoral study, especially where it is expected for the study to be “finished” and/or  is unobtainable in the home country, has always been an area where some latitude has been permitted.  It is also recognized that political or economic conditions may prevent the student from returning home.
  3. Awardees must have both academic excellence and significant need.
  4. Awardees must be fully enrolled to receive their scholarships. (Proof of enrollment is required to get the checks.)
  5. Awardees are not limited to persons who come from underdeveloped or developing countries. 
  6. Awards are to be made without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age or creed.

The “Statement Regarding Awards,” on the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association website provides a general description of the scholarship. To reach the site, go to <>, then to “Scholars and Scholarships,” then “International Scholarships.”

Announcing the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at UC Berkeley

The Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley is now accepting applications for the 2013-15 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, established with a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Four new fellows will be appointed for 2013-15, to teach and carry out research in a sponsoring department in the humanities.

Appointment will be for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Fellows will be expected to teach one course per semester, for four consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions). Salary will be approximately $61,000 a year, with mid-level benefits. New Fellows will receive a $1,500 computer and technology allowance, and in each year of their appointment, Fellows will receive a flexible research fund of $5,000 to cover such costs as travel and research assistance.

The Application deadline is April 12, 2013.

This year’s eligible applicants must have received the PhD no earlier than July 1, 2010 and no later than June 30, 2013. UC Berkeley PhDs are not eligible for this fellowship.

For additional information and to submit an application online, please visit: may not hold an appointment in a tenure-track position, and Mellon Fellows may not hold any other appointment during the period of the fellowship. Applications from international scholars are accepted.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE — Call for Proposals: Fellowship Applicants for the USC Center for Feminist Research


USC Center for Feminist Research
2013-2014 Seminar Theme: “Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries”
Seminar Director: Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

Each year, the CFR sponsors an interdisciplinary research seminar broadly related to feminist topics, themes, or methods. The seminar’s theme in 2013-2014 is “Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries,” and will be directed by Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreñas (Sociology and Gender Studies). We are now inviting applications from USC faculty and advanced graduate students to become 2013-2014 New Directions Fellows. Faculty fellows are awarded research stipends of $2500 and graduate student fellows receive $1000 to pursue their own research related to the seminar’s theme.

The 2013-2014 seminar will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to advance the humanities and social science literature on gender, labor, and global capitalism. The seminar focuses on “intimate industries” in peripheral economies, meaning industries that commodify intimacies including affect, care, reproduction, and sex in the ‘Global South’. Examples of these industries include international marriage brokerages, migrant care work training centers, medical tourism facilities, sex tourism companies, internet pornography businesses, cultural tourism institutions, call centers, adoption centers, and surrogacy clinics.

Seminar participants will examine the distinctive elements of markets for intimate industries, and account for the construction of race, gender, sexuality and nation in intimate labor. Employing a multi-scalar approach, the seminar will interrogate the social relations constructed in intimate industries, such as relations between surrogates and mothers, care workers and wards, and migrant remitters and recipients. Seminar participants will also examine how the state regulates intimate industries, illustrating how state and transnational regulations and public anxieties that are gendered and racialized often emerge alongside the commodification of intimacy. Lastly, the seminar will explore how intimate industries reconfigure the political economy of globalization. Scholars conducting international research are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a CV of no more than four pages, and a two-page description of their ongoing or proposed research on by March 27th to Rebecca Das: Next year’s Fellows will be announced by mid-April. New Directions in Feminist Research Seminars offer a setting where faculty and advanced graduate students pursuing related research can work intensively on their own ongoing projects in a collegial atmosphere that encourages productive experimentation and provides both intellectual and material support. During the course of the academic year, New Directions Fellows participate in a series of workshop sessions focused on the development and presentation of their own work. Fellows are expected to meet in seminar at least six times during the academic year. They are also expected to participate in related public seminar events.

USC Staff Club Scholarship 2013

Each year the USC Staff Club awards graduate students with $1,000 scholarships. This year the Staff Club is pleased to announce fifteen available scholarships. The scholarship is open to all USC students, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a USC graduate program. Criteria for selection include academic record, financial need, activities, service and future goals.

Recipients of the 2013 scholarships will be named on the USC Staff Club’s website Monday, April 15, 2013.  Previous recipients need not apply.

Application Instructions for Staff Club Scholarship 2013

University Staff Club APPLICATION 2013

Apply Friday, March 1, 2013 through Friday, March 15, 2013 at noon.
No exceptions. No application will be viewed after noon 3.15.13.

Send questions to

NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

From the USC Graduate Research Fellowship Program Office:

Calling Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Graduate Students:

Have you ever thought of ways to improve STEM graduate education? Do you have a creative idea regarding graduate training? If so, NSF wants to hear from you!

The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is calling for entries from currently enrolled STEM graduate students and teams. They are invited to submit innovative ideas to prepare today’s graduate students for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Winning ideas will be shared widely and winners will receive prizes between $1000 and $3000.

For more information and to enter the challenge, go to

Entry deadline is April 15th! Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education!

East Asian Studies Center 2013-14 Foreign Language and Area Studies & ACE-Nikaido Fellowships


FLAS fellowships are provided by EASC’s U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for undergraduate and graduate study of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean and East Asian area studies. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

Applications are available online. Please visit the website for more details:

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013 by 5:00pm

Summer 2013 FLAS Fellowship
● $2,500 stipend
● $5,000 maximum tuition payment for approved intensive summer language program

Summer 2013 FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students for intensive language study of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean at an institution in the U.S. or abroad. The language study must be at least 6 weeks in length and include 120 or more contact hours for advanced level study, 140 or more for beginning/intermediate level study.

Academic Year 2013-14 FLAS Fellowship
Graduate Students:
● $15,000 stipend
● $18,000 tuition payment

Undergraduate Students:
● $5,000 stipend
● $10,000 tuition payment

Academic Year FLAS fellows enroll in one East Asian language course during both fall and spring semesters and must take at least two area studies courses on East Asia during the award period. All language and area studies classes must be taken for a letter grade.

● U.S. citizens or permanent residents
● Full-time USC students
● Graduate students: Engaged in advanced language study (3rd year and above). Those already fluent in one East Asian language may apply for beginning/intermediate study of a second East Asian language.
● Undergraduate students: Engaged in intermediate or advanced language study (2nd year and above)
● FLAS-eligible languages include Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean



The Association for Japan-U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) – Nikaido Fellowship provides stipends of up to $5,000 to awarded students, depending on the proposed course of study. Most awards are given in smaller increments based on proposed project. The award may be used for research, Japanese language training or Japanese area studies. The purpose of the award is to advance understanding of Japan and/or US-Japan relations.

Applications are open to full-time USC graduate students from all disciplines and to both domestic and international students. Please visit the website for more details:

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013 by 5:00pm 

Deadline Reminder: SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships

SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships


DEADLINE: 11:00PM EST December 8, 2012

The Eurasia Program offers two types of fellowship support in 2012, providing financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development and Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities.

Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs) enable early-stage graduate students to perform initial field assessments of up to four weeks for archival exploration, preliminary interviews, and other feasibility studies related to their dissertations. We anticipate awarding six young scholars the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of their proposed field sites, establish contacts within local communities, meet with local scholars, and gain insight into how their dissertation topics resonate with regional intellectual, political, and social currents. Proposals should reflect a clear plan for initial field assessment, require a budget of less than $3,000, and clearly articulate the policy relevance of the proposed project.

Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs) are intended to provide one year of support to enable the prompt completion of a PhD dissertation. We anticipate offering approximately ten DDAs (with stipends of up to $20,000) to advanced graduate students who have completed their fieldwork. Fellows will participate in professionalization activities and a fall workshop and contribute to the Eurasia Program’s new working paper and policy brief series. Applicants should pay serious attention to the policy-relevant aspects of their research. All DDA applicants must have obtained ABD status (meaning they have completed all requirements for the PhD except for the dissertation) by the application submission deadline.

Proposals and research must pertain to one or more of the regions and countries currently supported by the program: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. We will consider comparative projects if one or more of the countries/regions under consideration are supported by the program.