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The African American Professors Program
South East Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate

What is the African American Professors Program?

AAPP program is an initiative sponsored by the South Carolina General Assembly, the University of South Carolina, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to recruit and prepare African American students to become college and university professors. It originated in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in USC's College of Education

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Who can participate in the African American Professors Program?

African American students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and who are interested in becoming college professors are eligible to participate in the program. Preference will be given to students with degrees in disciplines in which there are current shortages of African American professors (e.g., mathematics, science, business, and technology).

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How will participants be selected?

The program is competitive. Applicants are required to meet admission requirements for Ph.D. programs in their chosen academic disciplines. They must submit copies of transcripts, a writing sample, and personal and professional references. Finalists will be invited for a personal interview.

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What kind of financial support is available?

Financial support is based on the availability of funds in the student's academic program and the African American Professors Program. AAPP will supplement graduate assistantships and/or tuition provided by the student's academic program. Students who enroll in the program are expected to complete their programs of study within a three-year period (five years may be approved in select disciplines under special conditions).

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Do participants have to commit to teaching at USC?

Participants are not required to make a commitment to USC, nor does USC make an employment commitment to participants.

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How can I get more information about the program and submit an application?

For more information about the program, call the AAPP office at 803-777-5553, toll free #1-888-211-4531, or email gettone@sc.edu.

To add your name to our database, please fill out an application here.

Note: Applications are reviewed from April through July of each year.

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