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NanoCenter Dissertation Fellowship Call for Nominations

One of the College of Arts and Sciences’ strategic goals is “to develop the next generation of intellectual leadership through excellent doctoral programs and graduate programs at the master’s and certificate levels.” To further this goal, the NanoCenter announces that, modeled after the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship program, one (1) NanoCenter Dissertation Fellowship will be given for 2016-2017. The purpose of this fellowship is to support students beginning the final stage of their studies in a field of nanoscience and is intended to provide enhanced support.

The NanoCenter Dissertation Fellowship is worth $25,000. Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Doctor of Philosophy programs with relevance to nanoscience may be nominated. Students must be admitted to candidacy in their degree program, must have passed comprehensive exams, and must have received approval of their dissertation proposal. The fellowship is for 2016-2017 only, and is not renewable. 

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 1, 2016.

Instructor in Social Advocacy & Ethical Life

The College of Arts & Sciences at USC invites applications for up to three (3) instructor positions in the Social Advocacy & Ethical Life (SAEL) Initiative. The start date for these positions is January 1, 2016. 

Launched in 2011, the SAEL Initiative is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program, which includes a Carolina Core general education course (SAEL 200). This course provides USC undergraduates with the critical and practical skills needed to: 1) question the meaning and importance of contemporary calls for civility, engaged citizenship, and political deliberation, 2) investigate the roots, power, and limits of ethical discourse and its relevance to social and political decision-making, and 3) develop a working understanding of the principles of social advocacy and the ways in which oral communication serves to construct, support, and remake the grounds of ethical interaction. Additional information about the SAEL Initiative can be found here

This is a 9-month appointment, beginning January 1, 2016, and ending December 31, 2016. The salary is $42,000 plus standard university benefits. An annual renewal of the position is possible, contingent upon satisfactory performance, institutional need, and the availablility of funds. Application for promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor is possible after six consecutive years as a regular, full-time instructor.

Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be ABD in a relevant liberal arts field.

Please see the attachment below for further details about the position.

NextProf Science: Future Faculty Workshop

The NextProf Science Workshop is designed to encourage talented scientists and mathematicians with a demonstrated commitment to diversity to consider academia — an exciting and rewarding career. We will help you develop strategies to strengthen your ability to pursue an academic career. Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided. Learn more here

SC Healthy Brain Research Network Doctoral Scholars Program

SC Healthy Brain Research Network is recruiting doctoral students for a new scholars program.

The Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowships

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.

The first application deadline is Friday October 16, 2015.

For more information please contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at or at 777-0958.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Solicitation 2. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday December 15, 2015.

*Update for the 2015 Solicitation 2: The SCGSR program is now open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2015 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

The 2014 program solicitation and the 2015 Solicitation 1 have resulted in awards to a total of 112 graduate students from more than 50 different universities to conduct thesis research at 15 DOE national laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge

Become a subject tutor or academic mentor

The Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center has two types of positions available and hires year-round.

Still looking for an apartment?

Graduate students can find available housing around USC at (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:

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!