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 aifstaff@usc.edu 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 http://usfulbrightstudent.blogspot.com/2009/08/paige-battcher-2008-2008-thailand.html 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.

VPGP Sally Pratt Addresses USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Symposium

Thank you to all of the graduate students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Graduate School who attended the USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium yesterday. It was a great event! Please enjoy Vice Provost for Graduate Programs Sally Pratt’s address to the symposium audience.

USC Annenberg Graduate Symposium Address
VPGP Sally Pratt
April 10, 2013

In case there was any doubt at all on your mind, let me confirm that this is the annual Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Symposium for Research and Creative Projects.  Let me further confirm that the symposium brings together Annenberg Graduate Fellows from the Viterbi School of Engineering, the School of Cinematic Arts, and the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.  It showcases innovative research in communication and digital media – presented by you, our Annenberg fellows – and it serves as the culminating celebration in a year-long program of activities that began with the Annenberg Micro Seminars last September.

The papers and e-posters represent a diverse collection of work, ranging from a poster that maps nuclear radiation in Japan, to an app that tracks gym traffic at the USC Lyon Center, a chip that switches radio frequencies to make encryption unnecessary, and an animated city symphony that celebrates the hidden world of background noises.

There are 65 participating fellows.  And let me tell you, I salute each and every one of you.  I salute the work you have done to bridge disciplines, the work you have done to coordinate your lives as busy people in order to work together, and most of all. I salute you as scholars and creative souls with “fire in your belly” – the “fire” to push not only your ideas, but also your ability to express your ideas, to the nth degree.  It was this notion of an ability to grab ideas, work with others, and push and push the material that caused the gleam in the eye of the Annenberg Foundation when it funded this program.  It is this same notion that puts a spring in the step of your faculty advisors, your deans, and the staff of the Graduate School and Provost’s Office.

I have been reading a book by William Dalrymple, called City of Djinns:  A Year in Delhi.  In Dalrymple’s portrayal, Delhi is a city of many layers:  diachronic historical layers of civilization after civilization that occupied the same geographic spot; and synchronic layers of all the different cultures and economic classes that exist together at any one time.  According to local folklore, it is the djinns, the fire-formed spirits always on the move, that make the city whole, that keep the city alive as a city in all its manifold identities.  Djinns fulfill different functions in different belief systems.  But if you can say that the university is like the city of Delhi in its historical and cultural multifacetedness – and I believe that you can – then, like the djinns, you are lively, life-giving spirits of energy and cohesion that make us whole.  As an individual faculty member, and as an official representative of “The University,” I am so grateful to you for that!

Before closing, I want to acknowledge both the faculty who are here, and all the faculty who have nurtured you and your projects along the way, even if they’re not here at this moment. Please join me in giving a round of applause to our dedicated USC faculty.

I would also like to thank the staff of the Davidson Conference Center for their excellent service.  They help not only with the food, but with the humane and personal tone of this symposium.  Thank you!

And finally, we should thank the graduate school staff who have been helping today, most particularly Assistant Dean for Fellowships, Meredith Drake Reitan and Kate Tegmeyer. They are the brains and the engine of this symposium and the Annenberg Fellows program.  Thank you, Meredith and Kate. We owe you a huge debt of gratitude!

And now, let the celebration of knowledge continue!  Thank you.

UCLA-USC Holocaust and Genocide Studies Graduate Working Group

The UCLA-USC Holocaust and Genocide Studies Graduate Working Group will hold its inaugural meeting — a research resources workshop — this Friday, April 12 from 9:30am to 1pm at USC. All graduate students interested in Holocaust and Genocide Studies are invited to attend.

Event information: 

9:30am – 10:00am — Introductions (SOS 250, History Department Conference Room)
10:00am – 10:55am — Information Session by Crispin Brooks, Curator of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (Loc. TBD)
11:00am – 11:55am — Information Session by Lynn Sipe, Librarian for the USC Holocaust and Genocide Studies Collection (DML B-24, Location of the Collection)
12:00pm – 1:00pm — Lunch and discussion of research interests (SOS 250)

If you are already familiar with these resources and their plans for the future, then join the group for lunch and share your research interests.

Please contact Lori Rogers (lrogers@usc.edu), as soon as possible, to RSVP and indicate if you will only be joining for part of the day.

**UCLA students: Parking at USC is $10/day.  Carpooling is recommended. 

Group information:

A cross-campus initiative organized by Rachel Deblinger (UCLA, History) and Sari Siegel (USC, History), the UCLA-USC Holocaust and Genocide Studies Graduate Working Group aims to bring together graduate students from the Southern California Institutions with overlapping interests, in order to facilitate dialogue and further research across campuses and academic disciplines. After Friday’s research resources workshop at USC, our next meeting will take place at UCLA in the Fall of the 2013-2014 school year. We hope future meetings will support ongoing informal conversation and provide opportunities for participants to present papers, rehearse job talks, and engage prominent Holocaust or Genocide Studies scholars.


College Night at the Getty Center

Mark your calendars for College Night at the Getty Center, taking place this coming Monday, April 15, 2013. This annual event includes special presentations and curator-led tours, music, and food for university students. This year, the featured exhibition is:

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990,” featuring hundreds of drawings, photographs, architectural models, films, animations, oral histories, and more documenting how Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world.

Also on view are “Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto,” “In Focus: Ed Ruscha,” and “Looking East: Rubens’s Encounter with Asia,” as well as highlights from the Museum’s permanent collection, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, and others. 

Graduate students will also have the opportunity to talk to internationally exhibiting artist Sam Durant of CalArts and Getty staff members to discuss the exhibitions, exchange ideas about the role of museums in representing culture, and learn about a day in the life of designers, curators, and other staff members working at the Getty. Interested students may RSVP at the Getty website, http://www.getty.edu/education/college/center_collegenight_2013.html

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 gradfllw@usc.edu by Monday, May 6, 2013. Faculty recommenders may send their form and/or letter via email to gradfllw@usc.edu 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 <http://www.pbksocalalumni.com>, then to “Scholars and Scholarships,” then “International Scholarships.”