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Undergraduate Research

Green Quad and Sustainable Carolina Community

The Sustainable Magellan Award

  • up to $1,000 per recipient for salary, materials and travel
  • for projects in collaboration with a mentor with a sustainable focus
  • funds research, scholarly and creative projects


Please note: this award is open to members of the Green Quad community only for the remainder of the spring 2024 semester. 



You must be: 

  • an active member of the Green Quad community
  • in good academic standing with the university
  • working under the guidance of a faculty, staff or community mentor
  • proposing a project that focuses on a sustainable topic or issue.


Application Process

You do not have to apply for the full amount to be considered for the Sustainable Magellan grant. You may apply to this grant at the same time as other funding.

  1. Complete the Magellan Programs Application [doc]
    Includes sections for project overview, research compliance, research abroad and budget
  2. Have your mentor complete the Mentor Collaboration Form [doc].
    If you have a secondary mentor, have them complete the Secondary Mentor Form [doc]. Both forms should be mailed to
    NOTE: graduate students are permitted as daily advisers and secondary mentors but are not eligible to be the primary mentor for a project.
  3. Submit the online application form
    Select "Sustainable Magellan" from the menu. Under "Magellan Programs Application," upload your PDF or Word document.

You may not submit a proposal during the semester you are graduating. 
You must be enrolled for one full semester after the award date of the grant. 

The Sustainable Magellan grant has a rolling deadline. That means you can submit your proposal whenever it's ready, and we will review it. 

Proposal Review Period
It will take about a month after you submit to hear whether you've been selected to receive the award. The earlier you submit, the better.

Project Overview Tips and Hints [pdf]
How to write a successful project overview.

Application Checklist [pdf]
Use the checklist to ensure you've completed all parts of your Magellan Research Application.


You can get paid! You can be hired for an hourly wage when you receive the Sustainable Magellan grant and request salary. You'll submit time sheets each week and receive a paycheck.  

Supplies and Travel

Include supplies, materials, travel, etc. in your budget. Keep in mind the maximum amount you can request is $1,000, and funds are provided by reimbursement only.

If you purchase something, it belongs to USC. You do not get to keep it. 

Items not covered by this grant:

  • computer (includes laptop, desktop, etc.)
  • gift cards or cash (to pay participants)
  • hiring people (such as consultants)
  • phones
  • meals
  • travel under 20 miles
  • books that can be found through the USC library
  • senior thesis printing costs
  • any item that does not have a receipt

Allowable costs include:

  • software (such as SPSS, InDesign, etc.)
  • plane tickets
  • gas (for trips more than 20 miles)
  • printing costs
  • hotel room
  • cameras or video equipment
  • renting a kayak
  • books not found through the USC library
  • raffle items (for study participants - must be less than $50 each)
  • conference travel (no more than half your budget).

Sample Budgets [pdf]

1. Make significant progress toward completing your project within the grant period.

2. Complete research ethics training.

3. Present at Discover USC.

4. Submit a research report with pictures. 

Before You Plan Your Research...

Review the Research Abroad Guidelines Document [pdf] for:

    • Important people to meet with and contact
    • Research abroad requirements
    • Guidelines and tips for the application 

For Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate students:
Contact us at or 803-777-1141. 

For Columbia and Palmetto Campus/College students:

1) Register and comply with all policies, rules, and regulations of the Education Abroad Office

ALL students traveling abroad for research, volunteer, internships or study must register with the Education Abroad Office. 

2) Follow Education Abroad Non-Credit Programs Instructions 

This is required for ALL research, internship, volunteer, and non-credit study abroad activities. 

Students must also comply with University Travel policies and procedures

If You Are Not Sure If You Need to Register:
Check with the Education Abroad Office at or 803-777-7557. Be safe, not sorry!

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