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New $5,000 research grant fellowships for grad students

By Lauren Clark, Office of the Vice President for Research, lauren.clark@sc.edu

A new funding opportunity is available for University of South Carolina graduate students to help pay for innovative research and creative projects, the Office of the Vice President for Research has announced.

The SPARC (Support to Promote the Advancement of Research and Creativity) Graduate Fellowship provides up to $5,000 that students can use in a variety of ways, including for salary, supplies, travel and other costs essential to promoting research, creative and scholarly activity. USC expects to award 50 SPARC fellowships in April 2013.

To apply for a SPARC fellowship, graduate students must write a competitive research proposal, an invaluable skill for seeking national fellowship awards from the federal government and private foundations.

All doctoral students are eligible to apply. Master’s students in terminal degree programs with a thesis requirement are also eligible to apply. The two eligible master’s programs are the Master of Fine Arts and the Master of Arts in Public History. Applicants must be current students at the time of application and must be enrolled during the year the SPARC Graduate Fellowship is to be awarded. MFA and MA in Public History students may apply in their first year of graduate study at USC. Doctoral students may apply no earlier than their second year of graduate study at USC.

The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2013. A number of application workshops will be held between now and January to clarify the application process. The workshop times and dates will be posted on the website: http://www.sc.edu/research/sparc.shtml

For more information, contact Lauren Clark, the research program coordinator, via email or at 777-3929.

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Posted: 08/31/12 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 09/10/12 @ 1:52 PM | Permalink

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