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The Opportunities Bulletin Board is the place for graduate student related events, fellowships, job postings, announcements and learning opportunities. We update this page regularly, so check back often!

Contact Emily Rendek at rendek@mailbox.sc.edu with inquiries about posting on the Opportunities Resource Bulletin.

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is here to help undergraduate and graduate students apply for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. Feel free to schedule an appointment with us here or send us an email. If you don’t see a competition that interests you here, feel free to search our online INFO database at www.sc.edu/ofsp/info for more opportunities.

Boren Fellowships: Up to $30,000 for graduate students interested in national security (broadly defined) who demonstrate high levels of academic performance and strong motivation to develop expertise in languages, cultures and world regions less commonly studied by Americans. Electronic Deadline: Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

The DAAD RISE Professional offers a summer research internship in the STEM fields with doctoral students at top German universities for graduate students or those who have already completed at DAAD RISE internship. Deadline: January 31, 2015.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. The fellowship also includes a $30,000 stipend and tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Final Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The Whitaker International Summer Program provides funding for U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Masters or PhD work abroad with high quality, individually arranged, research OR internship in industry OR coursework relevant to their field under the supervision of a mentor. Please check the website for eligibility requirements, potential host institutes, and former grantee profiles. Deadline: Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Madison Graduate Fellowship Workshop (Monday, January 26 at 4 PM, Legare 322)

This fellowship offers support for graduate school to students intending a career as a high school US history, government, or social studies teacher.

Rotary Global Grants Workshop (Monday, February 9 at 3:30 PM, Russell House 302)

These grants offer $30,000+ for graduate work abroad in one of Rotary's six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development.

Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship Workshop (Tuesday, February 24 at 3:30 PM, Gressette Room, Harper College 3rd floor)

These scholarships support graduate study in the UK and Ireland.

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

ACLS invites applications for the fifth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance.

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, international aid, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media. To learn more about the program and participating agencies click here.

SREB Doctoral/Dissertation Scholars 2015-2016 Call for Applications

Working with the Southern Regional Education Board and pending funding from the South Carolina legislature, The Graduate School at USC will select two students to receive SREB’s Doctoral or Dissertation Scholarships for 2015-16. The program is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and encourage them to seek faculty positions. 

The deadline for applications to be received by the SREB for both programs is March 31, 2015. The Graduate School plans to announce winners by mid-April.

Doctoral Award (up to 5 year package of support – SREB provides $20,000 stipend for Years 1-3)

  • Should be SC resident (can be out-of-state resident only if qualified SC residents cannot be identified)
  • Must have been accepted into Ph.D. program (no professional doctorates)
  • Scholar is interested/committed to pursuing an academic career path upon graduation
  • Prefer but not limited to STEM
  • Must be US citizen or resident alien status
  • Full-time enrollment

Dissertation Year Award (1 year package of support – SREB provides a $20,00 stipend)

  • Same as above
  • Scholar has reached candidacy—defined as having completed all course requirements and defended their dissertation proposal by the beginning of the fall semester (in the year to which scholar is applying)

Please go to http://www.sreb.org/page/1115/how_to_apply.html to apply. Also, your program must provide a letter of support that includes a commitment to the requisite match: for the Dissertation Award this entails covering tuition and fees for one year (SREB provides a $20,000 stipend), and for the Doctoral Award the academic unit needs to commit to up to five years of tuition and fees as well as a stipend of $20,000 for years 4 and 5 (SREB will provide a $20,000 stipend for years 1-3).

2015-2016 Institute for African American Research Announcement

The Institute for African American Research is proud to announce the 2015-2016 IAAR Research Fellowship. These competitive awards support projects in any area of African or African American research and primarily focus on encouraging research and creative activities to generate projects that will enter the mainstream, raise public awareness and have the potential to secure additional funding for extended study. These grants emphasize interdisciplinary research, seek to encourage development of traditional grant applications, and work to promote scholarly interchange. Learn more here

Call for Submissions: Public Health and/in the US and Global South

Southern Spaces, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes innovative scholarship on regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections invites scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners, and patients to submit essays, photo essays, original documentaries, and digital projects for a forthcoming series titled Public Health and/in the US and Global South. Southern Spaces publications analyze and explore real and imagined places in the US South; make connections and comparisons between southern regions or locales and places in the wider world; and challenge conventional ways of understanding the people, places, and cultures found in and across the South. To learn more click here.

Apply to ComSciCon15!

Graduate students who are currently in residence at a US institution are invited to apply for the June 2015 Communicating Science Workshop!

This unique professional development experience will provide attendees with a fantastic opportunity to convene in Cambridge, MA to meet young leaders in the communication of science, learn from and interact with a remarkable group of invited experts, and produce an original work communicating complex technical concepts from science and engineering to a new audience.

Application, registration, and attendance to the workshop is free of charge for accepted applicants. Full or partial travel support will be provided to accepted applicants from the US who would need to travel to the Cambridge area. We unfortunately cannot accept students traveling from abroad. Students who graduate in December 2014 or later are eligible to apply for ComSciCon.

Applications close on March 1, 2015. For further details click here

Summer Seminars with the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research is now accepting applications for Summer 2015 on a rolling basis. Each summer, we offer advanced graduate students and junior faculty from around the world the opportunity to spend one week at the New School's campus in Greenwich Village working closely with major thinkers who have shaped the course of contemporary social inquiry.

This summer, we are excited to offer three seminars: Secularism, led by Distinguished Professor Talal Asad (CUNY); Heidegger led by Hans Jonas Distinguished Professor Simon Critchley (NSSR); and Racial Formations and Justice Today, led by James L. Dohr Professor of Law Patricia J. Williams (Columbia). 

The 2015 Summer Session runs June 14-21. Applications are due February 1st, 2015, but we accept them on a rolling basis and encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions as early as possible. A limited number of travel grants are available for US applicants and tuition scholarships are available for applicants from the Global South.

Please take a look at our website: http://www.criticalsocialinquiry.org/

SC Alliance for Mobile Infrastructure Student Scholarship Opportunity

The South Carolina Alliance For Mobile Infrastructure (formerly TASC) is offering a new scholarship opportunity to one undergraduate student and one graduate student to attend and present at the Alliance Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC February 19 -21, 2015. This scholarship is open to any student pursuing a specific project or interest in transit issues. 

The SC Alliance For Mobile Infrastructure began as the Transportation Association of South Carolina (TASC) in 1981 bringing together public and human service providers, state agencies, private providers, and vendors to promote public transit in South Carolina and act as an advocate to promote transit friendly legislation. To continue to ignite passion for transit in South Carolina, the Alliance is encouraging students to pursue career paths in transit. This scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student pursuing studies in transit or related field.

The Alliance Annual Conference Student Scholarship is in the amount of $675, which covers the full conference registration, two night stay in the conference hotel, and a $50 gas card. The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  1. Open to sophomore level or higher undergraduate and graduate level students
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Currently enrolled in a degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, or logistics
  4. Plans to pursue a specific project or interest in transit issues

Applications must be submitted through the Scholarship Committee. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transit involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Awards will be presented at lunch during the Annual Conference on Friday, February 20, 2015. The scholarships recipients will also be expected to present on a transit related topic during the session “Emerging Research in Transit” on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 3 pm. Please contact a member of the Scholarship Committee for specifics.

Applications must be received no later than January 28, 2015. Notice of awards will be given by February 2, 2015. For emails, please include “Alliance Scholarship” in the subject.

For more information about the South Carolina Alliance For Mobile Infrastructure, please visit our website at www.scmobileinfrastructure.org.

JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program

The JSA Programs Committee is accepting applications for graduate fellowships at the Jefferson Lab for the 2015-2016 academic year. Click here for further information.

The JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program is supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund. FY2015 funds are available for up to seven fellowship awards. Application packages should be submitted via email to jsaprograms@sura.org, with the subject line "JSA Graduate Fellowships" by February 20, 2015.

The SC Space Grant Consortium is now accepting applications

The South Carolina Space Grant Consortium was formed in 1991, designated as a “Capability Enhancement” state. Under the NASA mandate for “Capability Enhancement” states, the SCSGC works to increase the State’s aerospace related research infrastructure. The SCSGC members devise programs to encourage researcher and students to conduct aerospace related research and to address the science education pipeline problem.

The members of the SCSGC acknowledge the importance of enhancing the diversity of the future workforce. Consequently, the SCSGC has developed competitive and open programs that encourage a broad spectrum of participation in NASA related research and exploration activities.

SCSGC is pleased to announce 7 student program opportunities for 2015/16: Graduate Research Assistantship Program, Undergraduate Research program, Kathy Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowships, Minorities in STEM Research Fellowship, Bridging the Future Scholarship Program, NASA Center Internships, and Palmetto Academy Student Program. All student applications are due by Friday, February 20, 2015.

Please check out SCSGC's new website at http://scspacegrant.cofc.edu/scholarships-and-fellowships.

Still looking for an apartment?

Graduate students can find available housing around USC at housing.dailygamecock.com. (The Daily Gamecock is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina.) With hundreds of housing listings, it makes finding a great place easy! 

Off-campus housing services for USC students

New and current students (as well as USC faculty and staff) looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. Contact Off-Campus Student Services for details: Russell House Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-3366; email: saocss@mailbox.sc.edu

USC Postdoctoral Association

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a new networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which is forming to support postdocs at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research and teaching. Learn more

OFSP introduces new database for national fellowships and awards

The Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs has a new, online searchable database for national fellowships and awards. With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, students can use broad or specific search criteria to locate national fellowships based on interests or academic and career goals. The database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad and postdocs. 

On-Campus Produce Delivery

Healthy Carolina is pleased to offer new, healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff and students: On-Campus Produce Delivery. We are partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! Produce Delivery that will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus.  It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier! 

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