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Fall Deadline

October 21, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Announced: December 15
Grants start January 2021

Spring Deadline

tentatively February 17, 2021, at 5 p.m. (pending confirmation of Spring calendar)
Announced: April 15
Grants start May or August 2021

EXCEPTIONS


College of Education - Columbia

  • Requires an internal review of your proposal five business days before the stated deadline.
  • Contact Rebecca Wessinger at rineharr@mailbox.sc.edu as soon as you intend to submit.

College of Nursing - Columbia

Arnold School of Public Health

  • Requires submission into USCeRA 1 full business day prior to the deadline.
  • Contact Dr. Lumi Bakos, Bakos@email.sc.edu with questions.



 

 

Application Process

The order of the following steps is not important, but all are required for a complete application.

 

Registration for access to the pre-application video series is closed for the Fall deadline. Check back in early January for information regarding Spring video registration.

The application workshop will remain as a video series. No in-person workshops will be offered.
Those who complete the application video series, are invited to attend virtual Q&A sessions. Q&A sessions are optional and details on dates, times, and access will be provided with the application video series.

You are required to view the application video series prior to preparing and submitting your application (or have previously attended/watched the application workshop). An application may be declined if you have not registered for the application video series or attended/watched a previous semester's application workshop.

  • Access to the application video series will only be granted through completion of the registration form (available in January).
  • Students who complete the application video series will also be given access to our virtual drop-in Q&A sessions for those who have additional questions or concerns. These are optional.

Registration: REQUIRED; complete the application video series registration form below to receive access to the videos and to ensure we have a record of your compliance with this requirement.

Length: the required series ~1 hour plus one optional ~10 video for writing tips and hints.


REQUIRED; complete the application registration form below to receive access to the video series and to ensure we have a record of your compliance with this requirement.

The registration form will close October 20th at 5pm. If the form is not completed by this time, prospective applicants will not be eligible to apply for the Fall deadline. Check back in early January for information regarding Spring video registration.

 

The application workshop or application video series is only required once. So no, the application video series is not required if you participated in a past semester's application workshop.

However, changes occur each application round including forms. It is your responsibility to follow the current semester's guidebook, rules, requirements, and forms.

Are you resubmitting a proposal? If so, review the guidebook for resubmission guidelines and requirements.

The required part of the application video series is ~1 hour, divided into four shorter topical videos.

There is also an optional ~10 minute video sharing additional writing tips and hints.

Mentors are encouraged to go through this process once, either the application video series or a previous application workshop. Mentors and students do not have to watch the videos together.

Please NOTE this program is updated regularly. Applications must be compliant with the current semester’s requirements, guidelines, and formats as outlined in the current Magellan Scholar application guidebook.

FORMS are updated often! Please do not reuse forms, including mentor collaboration forms, from previous semesters. Forms can be found below.

 

The guidebook [pdf] will walk you through the application process including eligibility, formatting, project description/proposal details, form access, award requirements, and more. This is your best resource for all things Magellan Scholar. To ensure your project is considered for the program – follow the guidebook!

All Magellan Scholars must have a faculty mentor and project to apply.
Things to consider and discuss:
  • Review the student mentoring guide.
  • Talk with your mentor about the application process.
  • Set up a timeline to ensure that your mentor has time to review each of your proposal drafts.
  • Discuss the writing and editing process. 
  • Review the tasks and goals for your project.
  • The key to a successful application is how well you describe your project plan. Make sure that you understand your project in sufficient detail to explain this in language that a non-expert will understand.

 

The applicant information form must be submitted in addition to your proposal by the submission deadline.

Group applications: submit one form — alphabetically by last name.

NOTE for all applicants: If anything on this form changes (such as title) after it is submitted or you decide not to apply, contact our@sc.edu with the new information and we will update or delete the form for you.

  • Follow the advice/expertise from your mentor. 
  • Include all sections and formatting described in the guidebook. 
  • The proposal tips and hints guide may be helpful in the writing process.
  • Make sure you set up a timeline with your mentor for drafts and reviews. 
  • Ensure that your mentor has the final version in plenty of time for submission by the 5 p.m. deadline. 
  • Remember: your mentor submits the full application into the system. 

The Guidebook [pdf] contains additional guidance regarding special situations such as:

  • group projects
  • research or travel abroad
  • human or vertebrate animal subjects
  • resubmissions
  • Using one of the budget forms below, work with your mentor to plan the proposed project budget.
  • Carefully review the guidebook for allowable and unallowable expenses and requirements for uses such as participant support and conference travel.
  • The budget form is added after your project description.

Budget Form
This is the only acceptable format for your budget. If it is not working for you, contact our@sc.edu

 

Special Situations and Helpful Resources

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 our@sc.edu 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 (FINA 1.00) [pdf]


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

 

If the project involves vertebrate animals, it must have approval through the Animal Care and Use Committee and the student must have appropriate training. If the project already has approval, the student must be added. Contact the Department of Animal Resources, 803-777-8106, iacuc@mailbox.sc.edu. For USC Aiken, contact the Sponsored Research Office.

If the project involves humans (including but not limited to interviews, surveys or review of personal/private information), mentors must review the Student Research guide. Based on this guidance from the Office of Research Compliance, most student driven projects will not require further review. Faculty oversight and student training through the CITI Human Subjects modules are required. Some projects may also require use of the Undergraduate Research Consent Form. A template is available on the Student Research page. If a student is "engaged in the research" on a mentor's project requiring IRB oversight (new or approved protocol), the student must be added. Contact the Office of Research Compliance (803-777-7095) with questions.

 

This guide provides additional information, tips, hints, and details to assist in writing the project description.

Use this guide to help develop your project plan and understand your responsibilities for the project.

Below are proposals from Magellan Scholar awardees.

  • These are meant as helpful resources but may not meet current application requirements. Follow the guidebook!
  • Not all majors are represented but even proposals outside your discipline will provide you with an understanding of expectations.
  • Be sure to review the Guidebook and Tips & Hints for additional information on writing your proposal.

 

The rubric reviewers use to evaluate proposals. This may be helpful as you develop and revise your project description.

 

The checklist may be helpful to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

  • The primary mentor and any secondary mentors (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, additional faculty mentors, community partners, etc) must each complete the appropriate form.
  • The collaboration forms are added after the budget form.
NOTE these forms are updated regularly, please be sure to use the most recent versions.

 

Primary Mentor Collaboration Form [doc]
The mentor's role on the project and the plan for student training and skill building

Secondary Mentor Form [doc]

  • Role of secondary mentor(s) on the project and how the mentor(s) will work with and train the student
  • Include as many secondary mentor forms as needed
  • Combine the project description, budget form, and mentor form(s) into ONE word or pdf document = Full Proposal. Do not include transcripts
  • Submit full formal proposal through USCeRA, no later than 5pm on the deadline date. See deadlines and EXCEPTIONS below.

Guide for Magellan Scholar mentors: forms and USCeRA submission [pdf] - step-by-step guide to USCeRA for Scholar submissions including common questions and solutions 

 

Fall Deadline

October 21, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Announced: December 15
Grants start January 2021

Spring Deadline

tentatively February 17, 2021, at 5 p.m. (pending confirmation of Spring calendar)
Announced: April 15
Grants start May or August 2021

EXCEPTIONS


College of Education - Columbia

  • Requires an internal review of your proposal five business days before the stated deadline.
  • Contact Rebecca Wessinger at rineharr@mailbox.sc.edu as soon as you intend to submit.

College of Nursing - Columbia

Arnold School of Public Health

  • Requires submission into USCeRA 1 full business day prior to the deadline.
  • Contact Dr. Lumi Bakos, Bakos@email.sc.edu with questions.





 


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