|SPARC: Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity|
This list of frequently asked questions will be updated as the year goes on and more application workshops are held. If your questions aren't answered here, please email Lauren Clark for assistance or give her a call at (803) 777-3929.
May 15, 2013.
The Faculty Advisor on the proposal should be the student's primary Advisor for their dissertation or thesis. If a student wishes to have a USC faculty member other than their primary Advisor as the Faculty Advisor (and PI in USCeRA) for this Fellowship, then the student must submit a letter of support from their primary Advisor stating their approval for another faculty member to serve as the Faculty Advisor for the Fellowship. Alternatively, the student's dissertation or thesis committee may approve the appointment of a USC faculty member who is not the primary Advisor as the Faculty Advisor for this Fellowship. In this case, the student must produce a letter of support from the Chair of the Dissertation or Thesis Committee stating the committee's approval for a faculty member other than the primary Advisor to serve as Faculty Advisor (and PI in USCeRA) for this Fellowship. When submitting the SPARC Fellowship proposal, this letter of support should be appended to the proposal and should appear after the Faculty Letter of Recommendation.
Work must be conducted in a 15 month period: May 15, 2013 through August 15, 2014. Prior documents stated a 12 month project period, but it has been extended to 15 months.
No. You may only request conference travel funds for ONE conference – EITHER one domestic conference OR one international conference. Students are encouraged to seek funds for conference travel through the Graduate School, your Department or Program, and/or the organization or society sponsoring the conference. Please note below that you may only request travel funds for EITHER a conference OR for travel to conduct research/project.
No. You may request funds for EITHER travel to conduct research OR travel funds to attend a conference, but not both.
Yes, you may use the funds to attend a different conference in your discipline, if your advisor approves the change.
ALL PhD students must be a second year PhD student to apply.
No, joint proposals are not allowed.
Yes. You may request funds to cover the expenses related to the short course; HOWEVER, your Faculty Advisor must state in the Letter of Recommendation that the course is essential to your research and that the course will help advance the PhD dissertation.
Yes. Your Faculty Advisor should state in the Letter of Recommendation that 1) such training is necessary for the development of your dissertation, and 2) the Faculty Advisor has spoken with the Facility Manager or Director, and that this Manager or Director has agreed to train the student and/or to allow the student to use the equipment/facility.