Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program

Apply now for the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program, a unique ambassador program for United States college undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in studying Mandarin (Chinese) and learning about Taiwanese culture.

There is no requirement for proficiency in Chinese language. Accepted students will be enrolled in the Chinese Language Center at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU, http://www.ncku.edu.tw ) in Tainan City, Taiwan. The application period ends on Feb. 15, 2013 for early acceptance and March 31, 2013 for general acceptance. Applications can be submitted on line at www.taiwanusalliance.com .

The 2013 TUSA program starts July 1 and ends August 23th. A stipend of NT $25,000 (US $800) per month for two months (July & August) will be awarded to each scholarship recipient. The scholarship is budgeted to cover tuition, dormitory fees, all program-related travel and excursions, and accident/outpatient health insurance. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and a total of 36 ‘Ambassador’ students will be accepted for the 2013 class.

Find out more information on the TUSA website.

Spring 2013 Thesis and Dissertation Submission Information Sessions

Do you plan to submit your thesis or dissertation this spring and earn a May 2013 degree conferral date? If so, mark your calendar!

The Thesis Coordinator will hold two information sessions focusing on thesis and dissertation formatting and the submission process, one on the Health Sciences Campus and the other on the University Park Campus. Remember to review the new guidelines for submission beforehand and bring all your questions:

HSC Information Session
Thursday, February 21st, 2013
2:30pm – 3:30pm

UPC Information Session
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
1:15pm – 2:15pm
KAP 146 

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Gifted musician joins USC Thornton’s composition program

Georgi Dimitrov selected USC in part because of its strong composition faculty. (Photo/Kadi Lee)

By Lauren Evashenk
January 22, 2013

Georgi Dimitrov loves the contrabass clarinet and the uniqueness of a really high contrabassoon. And though he prefers the alto flute to the flute, Dimitrov is quick to point out that writing for “instruments that are not among one’s favorites is often a welcome challenge.”

Dimitrov is a first-year composition major in the Master of Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music. One of two students to enter the composition program this year, he studies under Distinguished Professor of Composition Stephen Hartke, who has been lauded as one of the foremost composers of his generation.

Though he is only beginning his graduate career, Dimitrov is already a promising composer. Last summer, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recognized Dimitrov with the Graduate Arts Award.

Presented to a maximum of 15 graduate students each year, the award provides individuals who display exceptional creative or artistic talent with a scholarship to be put toward graduate studies in his or her chosen artistic field. Dimitrov was one of only two students nominated for the award by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), his undergraduate institution.

Thanks to the Graduate Arts Award, Dimitrov was able to pursue his graduate studies at the institution of his choice. After completing his BFA degree in music composition at CalArts, Dimitrov joined USC Thornton in the fall. Dimitrov selected USC because of its strong composition faculty and for the opportunity to have outstanding musicians — namely USC Thornton peers — play his music.

“I hope to draw from [the faculty’s] experience and knowledge,” he said. “They’ve been successful composers for 20 or 30 years and have had their own music performed around the world. They will help me to see what I can’t see on my own, and thus my notes will get better.”

During his first semester at USC, Dimitrov crafted solos and chamber music while completing an orchestral piece. Though the accomplished musician learned to play the violin as a boy, he is also now studying the viola, and he looks forward to concerts scheduled for March when USC players will perform his pieces.

Following the completion of his master’s degree, Dimitrov hopes to pursue a doctoral degree and to teach composition.

Dimitrov’s website, georgidimitrov.us, is under construction, but music lovers can preview a few of his compositions on his SoundCloud stream.


Japan Travel Grants

Attention, Graduate Students in Asia/Japan Studies:

KCC Japan Education Exchange (KCC-JEE) $2000 Travel Grants 2013 Fellowship
KCC-JEE is offering travel grants for research in Japan for up to $2000 each.

Application materials will be available at the KCC Japan Education Exchange website by the next week. Please check at: www.kccjee.org.

The travel grant must be used for travel to, from, and within Japan. It may not be used to buy equipment, purchase books or materials, or any other direct research expenses. It may not be used for language instruction.

There are no restrictions on the discipline or content of the research project. This travel grant may be combined with any other fellowships or grants.

Eligibility Criteria:
An applicant must be a US citizen enrolled in (or affiliated with) an American university; Ph.D. candidate who has been advanced to candidacy; Proficient in research level Japanese language

Applications include:
The cover sheet with bio info (from KCC); CV; Proposal; One letter of recommendation from the candidates thesis advisor; One letter ranking language proficiency

The proposal should include:
Brief dissertation abstract (500 words)
Statement of research agenda in Japan
Budget showing how the travel grant will be used

Upon completion of expenditure of funds, the recipient will be required to submit a report to KCC/Japan Education Exchange explaining the outcome of his/her project.

Applications are due no later than February 15, 2013 and recipients will be notified by February 28, 2013.

For questions please contact Roberta Wollons at rwollons@gmail.com or Cindi Sturtz-Sreetharan csturtz@saclink.csus.edu.

Fellowships for International Study

Do you want to do research abroad? If yes, take note of these upcoming information sessions on international fellowships. The general sessions will discuss programs such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Luce and more. The Fulbright sessions will discuss the Study and Research Grants, or the English Teaching Assistantship grants.

Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

General Fellowships for International Study:

January 30, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
February 28, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
March 26, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
April 8, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium

Fulbright Study and Research Grants:

January 28, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
February 13, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
March 12, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
April 4, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA):

January 24, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
February 5, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
March 4, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium
April 17, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Leavey Library Auditorium

U.S. Citizenship is required for the fellowships. Additional information regarding the fellowships is available at www.usc.edu/aif

The Office of Academic and International Fellowships also has a new Facebook page where they will post upcoming info sessions and applicant resources: www.facebook.com/uscaif. Please like them!

If you are unable to attend the information sessions and would like to learn more about the fellowships, please contact the Academic and International Fellowships Office at aifstaff@usc.edu or (213) 740-9116.

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: http://dornsife.usc.edu/eascenter/flas/

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: http://dornsife.usc.edu/eascenter/ace/

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