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Student Scholarships and Grants

We sponsor competitive study and travel scholarships for students currently enrolled at USC and engaged in international research and study. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply as long as the project or program of study clearly relates to international life and culture. 

Funding Opportunities

Ceny Walker Graduate Travel Grant

Purpose: To provide supplemental support to exceptionally well-qualified graduate students with well-constructed international study or research proposals related to a thesis or dissertation. Applicants may apply to support advanced foreign language study or conduct international research using local language resources. Preference will be given to proposals that show how this project will lead to applications for external funding.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled graduate students proposing appropriate international research.

Travel Grant Information: TBA

This travel grant will only be in the form of a travel authorization at USC. Graduate students must request to file a travel authorization through The Walker Institute prior to their travel date. In most cases our Institute will book and pay for the flight and/or mileage in advance and registration/conference fees if applicable. All other expenditures that are incurred by the graduate student will be reimbursed to the student in check form once all of the original receipts have been submitted to The Walker Institute within 5 days of the graduate student’s return. If original receipts are not submitted funds will not be reimbursed.

Using the grant: The travel grant can support such activities as advanced language study, research using local language source materials, and other international research pursuits. Short-term research scholarships and travel, May-mester courses, and conference participation cannot be supported by this travel grant. Although students may apply for multiple travel grants, each student will only receive one travel grant. Please be aware that in accordance with ACAF 2.09, you will need to register your international travel in the Student International Travel Registry maintained by the Study Abroad Office before your expected departure date. In addition, you will be required to obtain international emergency travel insurance from the University’s authorized vendor. For projects that require IRB approval, funds will not be advanced and/or reimbursed until approval has been granted. Samples of previously funded applications are available for review at The Walker Institute’s office in Gambrell Hall, suite 251. All awardees will be asked to submit photos and a brief report on their activities following their return to campus.

Apply: Apply link will be available Fall 2017

Ceny Walker Undergraduate Fellowship

Purpose: To support participation in summer or semester-long advanced language study programs or for students conducting structured term long research abroad (e.g. the Magellan Program, etc.).

Eligibility: Exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate students with well-formed programs for overseas study and research.

Deadline: Due in February 2018, advertisement will display in Fall 2017

Scholarship Information: Scholarship amounts up to $2,500 during the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarships will only be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account. Awardees will not receive a check directly from the Institute, nor will a USC Travel Authorization be established. Scholarships will be routed from the Institute to the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and then processed with the Bursar's Office. As long as you have a zero balance, the full amount of the award will be mailed to your home address or direct deposit if you are enrolled in direct deposit via my.sc.edu. Students must be enrolled to access the awarded funds. If you are not enrolled, funds will not be available until you enroll.

Using the grant: The scholarships can support such activities as advanced language study, research using local language source materials, and other international research pursuits. Short-term research scholarships and travel, May-mester courses, and conference participation cannot be supported by this scholarship. Although students may apply for multiple awards, each student will only receive one award. Please be aware that in accordance with ACAF 2.09, you will need to register your international travel in the Student International Travel Registry maintained by the Study Abroad Office before your expected departure date. In addition, you will be required to obtain international emergency travel insurance from the University’s authorized vendor. For projects that require IRB approval, funds will not be released until approval has been granted. Samples of previously funded applications are available for review at The Walker Institute office in Gambrell Hall, suite 251. All awardees will be asked to submit photos and a brief report on their activities following their return to campus.

Apply: Apply link will be available Fall 2017

The Donald J. Puchala Graduate Fellowship in International Affairs

Purpose and Award Information: The Walker Institute is pleased to offer the Donald J. Puchala Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,000. This fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Professor Puchala’s students and friends. Dr. Donald J. Puchala is the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of International Studies Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. Over the course of his forty year career as a scholar and teacher, Dr. Puchala was a member of the faculties of the State University of New York, Columbia University and the University of South Carolina. He also served as Associate Dean of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Director of the University of South Carolina’s Walker Institute of International and Area Studies. Dr. Puchala is a specialist in the field of International Relations Theory, the politics of the United Nations and the functioning of the European Union.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled graduate students proposing appropriate international research. Priority will be given to projects that focus on international relations theory or international institutions, a major focus of Professor Puchala’s research. 

Program Guidelines: The award amount for the Puchala Graduate Fellowship is $1,000, to be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account.

Deadline: Due in February 2018, advertisement will display in Fall 2017

Scholarship Information: Scholarship amounts up to $1,000 during the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholarships will only be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account. Awardees will not receive a check directly from the Institute, nor will a USC Travel Authorization be established. Scholarships will be routed from the Institute to the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and then processed with the Bursar's Office. As long as you have a zero balance, the full amount of the award will be mailed to your home address or direct deposit if you are enrolled in direct deposit via my.sc.edu. Students must be enrolled to access the awarded funds. If you are not enrolled, funds will not be available until you enroll.

Apply: Complete an application [pdf] and submit it to:
Walker Institute
Donald J. Puchala Graduate Fellowship
Gambrell Hall, Ste. 251

International Experience Scholarship

Purpose: To fund students study and research into international and cross cultural issues. Scholarship/Travel Grant will usually fund international travel, but applicants could make a case for other uses such as summer language institutes for language opportunities not offered at USC.

Eligibility: Students who apply must be currently enrolled at USC as an undergraduate or graduate, and must have well-formed study abroad or research proposals.


Scholarship/Travel Grant amounts up to $1,000 and approximately six will be given during the2016-2017 academic year. If this award is classified as a scholarship (for undergraduate students) funds will only be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account. Awardees will not receive a check directly from the Institute, nor will a USC Travel Authorization be established. Scholarships will be routed from the Institute to the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and then processed with the Bursar's Office. As long as you have a zero balance the full amount of the award will be mailed to your home address. Students must be enrolled to access the awarded funds. If you are not enrolled, funds will not be available until you enroll. If this award is classified as a travel grant (for graduate students) funds will only be in the form of a travel authorization at USC. Graduate students must request to file a travel authorization through The Walker Institute prior to their travel date. In most cases our Institute will book and pay for the flight and/or mileage in advance and registration/conference fees if applicable. All other expenditures that are incurred by the graduate student will be reimbursed to the student in check form once all of the original receipts have been submitted to The Walker Institute within 5 days of the graduate students return. If original receipts are not submitted funds will not be reimbursed

Using the scholarship: The scholarships/travel grant can support such activities as advanced language study, research using local language source materials, and other international research pursuits. Short-term research scholarships and travel, May-mester courses, and conference participation cannot be supported by these scholarships/travel grant. Although students may apply for multiple awards, each student will only receive one award. Please be aware that in accordance with ACAF 2.09, you will need to register your international travel in the Student International Travel Registry maintained by the Study Abroad Office before your expected departure date. In addition, you will be required to obtain international emergency travel insurance from the University’s authorized vendor. For projects that require IRB approval, funds will not be released until approval has been granted. Samples of previously funded applications are available for review at The Walker Institute Office in Gambrell Hall, suite 251.

Apply: Apply link will be available Fall 2017

Li-Ching Graduate Fellowship

Purpose and Award Information: The Center for Asian Studies and Walker Institute are pleased to offer the Li-Ching Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $3,000. This fellowship is made possible by the Li-Ching Fellowship Fund, which was established in 1994 through a generous donation from the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation (立青文教基金會).

Eligibility: All currently enrolled graduate students proposing appropriate international research. A substantial portion of the project must relate to Asian Studies. In accordance with the terms of the bequest, preference will be given to projects in the Greater China region.

Program Guidelines: The award amount for the Li-Ching Graduate Fellowship is $3,000, to be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account.

Deadline: Due in February 2018, advertisement will display in Fall 2017


Apply: Application will be available Fall 2017. Completed applications should be submitted to:
Walker Institute
Li Ching Graduate Fellowship
Gambrell Hall, Ste. 251

Seung Yeun Kim Graduate Fellowship

Purpose and Award Information: To provide supplemental support to exceptionally well-qualified graduate students with well-constructed international study or research proposals related to a thesis or dissertation related to Asia. Applicants may apply to support advanced foreign language study or conduct international research using local language resources. Preference will be given to proposals that show how this project will lead to applications for external funding.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled graduate students proposing appropriate international research. A substantial portion of the project must relate to Asian Studies. In accordance with the terms of the bequest, preference will be given to projects in Korean Studies.

Program Guidelines: The award amount for the Seung Yeun Kim Fellowship is $3,000, to be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account.

Deadline: Due in February 2018, advertisement will display in Fall 2017

Scholarship Information: Scholarship amounts up to $3,000 during the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarships will only be deposited in the student's USC Bursar account. Awardees will not receive a check directly from the Institute, nor will a USC Travel Authorization be established. Scholarships will be routed from the Institute to the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and then processed with the Bursar's Office. As long as you have a zero balance, the full amount of the award will be mailed to your home address or direct deposit if you are enrolled in direct deposit via my.sc.edu. Students must be enrolled to access the awarded funds. If you are not enrolled, funds will not be available until you enroll.


Apply: Application will be available Fall 2017. Completed applications should be submitted to:
Walker Institute
Seung Yeun Kim Graduate Fellowship
Gambrell Hall, Ste. 251

 

Proposal Components 

Writing a compelling and clear proposal is a key to success in all Walker Institute student competitions. No matter how novel or rigorous the proposed project or trip, if you can clearly explain to the awards committee why your proposal is interesting, exciting, and worthy of funding, you will have a much higher rate of success in these competitions than those who cannot. Please ensure that your proposal addresses all of these components in some form or other. Proposals do not have to follow the structure above, nor do they need sections that cover each of these topics – instead, they should ensure that the reader can clearly see the answer to each of these questions as they read the proposal. 

A clear statement of the goals and objectives of the proposed project or trip

This should include a clear explanation as to why the proposed research or trip addresses an international topic, and therefore falls under the “international” focus of the Walker Institute. What exactly will you do on this trip/during this research project? Is the project on an international topic (for example, the migration of people from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean; the globalization of finance; the study of Asian education systems) or is it a general topic that will be executed overseas (for example, a project on basic chemistry, but executed in a lab in another country). The Walker Institute is much more likely to fund projects and trips aimed at building experience and knowledge on international topics.

A clear explanation of the significance and impact of the proposed project or trip.

For example, how will the proposed study abroad experience build your educational portfolio to help you achieve longer-term career goals? How will the proposed research project contribute to your undergraduate education, or help further your research career?

(For research proposals) how does the proposed research project build on previous research/knowledge in the field, and how might this project add to that knowledge?

Proposals that make no reference to existing studies and research generally fare poorly in grant competitions.

(For research proposals) how will you execute the proposed research? Be specific

When will you travel, and for how long? Explain the length of the trip. For example, for study abroad funding applications, is this long enough to complete the terms and courses required for the trip to have the desired impact on your career? For research proposals, can you gather the data you need in the time you have proposed?

Project/trip timeline

For example, if you are proposing to conduct social research, will you be using interviews, focus groups, surveys, or some other method to gather data? Why will you use this method – what makes it appropriate? How will you analyze that data? The awards committee weighs methods heavily, as they speak to the likely success of the proposed research. 

(For research proposals) What are the anticipated results/final products and dissemination?

Given your understanding of the literature and the field, what are the things you expect to find (hypothesize). What will you produce as a result of this funding – a presentation, a publication, or something else? Good research deserves dissemination to the widest possible audience – where will you share this research?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, you can apply for more than one of the following scholarships: The International Experience Scholarship, The Ceny Walker Undergraduate Scholarship, The Ceny Walker Graduate Scholarship Award, The Islamic World Studies Program Graduate Scholarship, The Li-Ching Graduate Scholarship, and The Seung Yeun Kim Dissertation Scholarship during the academic year. Please note that if you apply for a scholarship and the Student Scholarship Committee determines that your application fits better in another scholarship category, the Committee will put your application with the category that fits your application the best. If you apply to more than one scholarship during one academic year, you will only receive one award.

Can I apply for a scholarship more than once?

Yes, if you won a scholarship the previous academic year, you can apply for the same (or another scholarship) in the next academic year. Student scholarships are given once an academic year.

How many awards are you giving out every year?

For the International Experience Scholarship, approximately 6 awards will be given. For the Ceny Walker Undergraduate Scholarship, up to 4 awards will be given. For the Ceny Walker Graduate Scholarship, approximately 8 awards will be given, for the Islamic World Studies Program Graduate Scholarship; the Li-Ching Graduate Scholarship and the Seung Yeun Kim Dissertation Scholarship these awards depend on funding. Please keep an eye out on our website if the 3 awards mentioned are being funded for the current academic year.

Is it easy to win a Walker Institute Student Scholarship?

No, the scholarship process is very competitive. Every application is compared to the others applying for each specific award. For example, if you are applying for the International Experience Scholarship, your application will be compared to the other peers who have also applied for that scholarship.

How do you choose a scholarship winner?

All applications are reviewed by a 3-person Student Awards Committee and then the Director of Walker Institute will also review.

When will I find out if I have received the scholarship?

It takes the Award Committee approximately 1 month or longer to review all applications and make decisions. You will receive your answer in an official letter by the Walker Institute in the mail. You can also check our website that will show the winners under the News column on the main page once the award letters are mailed.

What Components does my application need to have?

Every student scholarship application has a checklist that every student should follow. Incomplete applications will not be accepted/evaluated. Students should review the link on the scholarship application page that has all of the necessary proposal components, the Committee has outlined what questions your proposal needs to answer and has also provided information on how to write your proposal.

Do I need an official academic transcript?

No, you can print out your unofficial transcript from my.sc.edu. Walker Institute would like to have only USC transcripts; other school transcripts are not required but will be accepted.

I am a graduate student; do I need to submit my academic transcript for my undergraduate degree as well?

Yes, submit both, your graduate work here at USC and that of your undergraduate career.

I need help with my budget! What should it look like?

Examples of former scholarship winners proposals and budgets can be viewed at the Walker Institute office Monday-Friday, 9am until 4pm. The copies cannot leave the office nor can photographs be taken of these copies, but you are more than welcome to review them and take notes in the office.

How will I receive the awarded funds?

For undergraduate student’s awards will be deposited in the students account that is located in the Bursar’s Office at USC. The undergraduate students must be enrolled in order to access these scholarship funds. For an example, if you are enrolled during the fall, spring, and summer the funds will be accessible to you each term that you are enrolled. If you are not enrolled during a term, such as summer, you will not be able to access the funds during that summer term. Student awarded funds will be allocated by the end of the spring semester into the students Bursar’s account. If you have a balance with the Bursar and your awarded funds are deposited into your student account, the amount that was due to the University will decrease with the amount of the award (for the award will absorb the fees associated with your account). To find out how you can clear your balance so that your scholarship award will not be used up due to your balance, contact the Bursar’s Office for further assistance. Once the scholarship funds are in your Bursar’s account, you will receive a refund check in the amount of the available funds remaining in your account. Please note: if you have an outstanding balance in your USC Bursar account, the awarded funds will absorb any fees that your account has incurred.

For graduate students travel grant will only be in the form of a travel authorization through the University. Graduate students must request to file a travel authorization through The Walker Institute prior to their travel date. In most cases our Institute will book and pay for the flight and/or mileage in advance and registration/conference fees if applicable. All other expenditures that are incurred by the graduate student during the travel will be reimbursed to the student in a check form once all of the original receipts have been submitted to The Walker Institute within 5 days of the graduate student's return. If original receipts are not submitted funds will not be reimbursed.