Announcing the Bridge Humanities Corps

USC Bridge Humanities Corps

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to announce the launch of the Bridge Humanities Corps. This pilot cohort program aims to provide support for both advanced doctoral students and newly minted PhDs in the humanities. For students in their final year of graduate study, Bridge will facilitate degree completion and improve time to degree. Newly minted PhDs will hone their skills as scholars promoting the integration of the humanities in the public sphere by supporting campus-wide initiatives. All program participants will receive advanced training in humanities programming and serve as instructor of record for SAEL 200.

Year One (2016)


Ten (10) awards will be made for Fall 2016. Advanced graduate students in the final year of their program are eligible. Selected students will receive one year of support, including a $21,500 stipend, tuition abatement for special enrollment (Z status), and health insurance. Corps members will teach four sections of SAEL 200 (2:2 load) during AY 2016-2017. 

Newly Minted PhDs

Four (4) awards will also be made to those who were awarded the PhD between May 2015 and May 2016. These appointments will carry a salary of $32,500, full university benefits, and a 3:3 teaching load in SAEL 200. PhD corps members will teach six sections of SAEL 200 during AY 2016-2017. 

Year Two (Fall 2017)pending budgetary approval

A second year of support may be available for those ABDs who successfully complete Year One of the Bridge Program and submit an approved dissertation by July 31, 2017. These appointments will carry a salary of $32,500, full university benefits, and a 3:3 teaching load in SAEL 200.  

USC Bridge Humanities Corps – 2016 Application Guidelines

To apply for this program you must submit the following items by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2nd, 2016:

  • Completed application form (Note that the attachment contains both the application for PhDs and ABDs. Please fill out the appropriate form)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement (no more than 1,000 words) outlining your research, a timeline for the completion of the degree (if appropriate), professional goals, and planned career trajectory.
  • Teaching Philosophy (no more than 500 words)
  • Sample syllabus from a course for which you served as instructor of record, including instructions for major course assignments
  • Email from the Director of Graduate Studies verifying that you are in good academic standing and that the home department supports the application or that you’ve completed your PhD between May 2015 and May 2016.
  • Two letters of recommendation from your home department. One of these must be

from your dissertation director (or Director of Graduate Studies). If you are ABD, your director must confirm that you are likely to complete the degree by August 2017. Letters of support should be submitted directly to by 8:30 a.m. on May 2nd, 2016.

Applicants are asked to submit their application dossier as one pdf file to

Departments supporting more than three applicants for this program are asked to rank the applications in order of priority.

Students selected to receive a Dean’s Dissertation/MFA Fellowship or a Bilinski Fellowship for 2016-2017 are not eligible to participate in the Bridge program. 

Those selected as Bridge members must participate in the mandatory 30 hours of interdisciplinary pedagogical training, 9 a.m. – noon, Monday-Friday, July 25 – August 5, 2016.

USC Bridge Humanities Corps – 2016 Selection Process

Bridge Humanities Corps members will be selected by the Graduate Council’s Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Those selected to participate in this program will be notified by May 20th

For questions about this program, please contact Dr. Jessica Elfenbein at

***For current program information, including requirements and compensation, please see the Bridge Humanities Corps page.