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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 originally 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.  Currently, AAPP is sponsored by the Office of the Provost at the University of South Carolina.

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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 first and second year doctoral students with degrees in disciplines in which there are current shortages of African American professors (e.g., mathematics, science, business, and technology). Other academic disciplines will also be considered.

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How will participants be selected?

All new AAPP Scholars must show outstanding promise for doctoral or MFA study and a commitment to joining the professoriate as evidenced by a personal statement, two reference letters (including a nomination from the academic program at USC), formal notification of admission from The Graduate School, financial support from academic programs at USC, and academic achievement with prior GPAs at 3.4 or higher.

Whenever there are multiple applicants from a single academic discipline, the appropriate Graduate Director wil be asked to rank applicants. Scholars will be selected by AAPP in consultation with the Graduate Council’s Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Interviews may be required.

The deadline for applications is April 1.  Notifications will be made by May 15.

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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 funding 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?

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

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.

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