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Signature Programming

The AJI believes that the best collaborations begin when individuals enjoy one another. AJI sponsors approximately six faculty-student or faculty-faculty meals every month from August-April.

Groups can range from 2 to 6 people. Details can be found under Call for Applications, "Meet and Eat"

The AJI also holds social events that are advertised on our homepage under Current Programming.

Regular reading groups are an excellent way to build community. The AJI currently supports the History of Science, Technology, and Engineering (HoSTE) reading group.  Details can be found under Call for Applications, "Reading Group Funding"

The AJI supports conference, symposia and professional meetings on themes within science, technology and society.

The AJI supports interdisciplinary community building by funding professional meetings and workshops.


Book manuscript workshop are targeted towards individuals at any career stage who have not previously published a monograph. The successful applicant will have a first-time book manuscript near completion at the time of applying. He or she will invite, and the AJI will fund, up to three senior experts in the author’s field as well as an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press to campus. A small group of relevant experts within the South Carolina community may also attend.

The purpose of this workshop is to support stronger and more rigorous manuscripts from first-time STS authors. Equally, it is geared toward developing communities of colleagues from different disciplines and geographical locations. The AJI is committed to building such communities from the bottom up, seeding them and positioning them to question and reframe complex problems. The AJI takes a broad approach to STS, envisioning it in partnership with historical, philosophical, scientific, engineering and medical approaches, because at the AJI community is the method.  Details can be found under Call for Applications, "One-Day Book Manuscript Workshop"

The modern university is one of humankind’s most astonishing achievements: a city populated by highly trained experts with extraordinary resources for advancing human understanding in every domain of knowledge. However, university research is frequently too technical to be accessible to the general public and there are often disincentives for researchers to work outside of their specialist communities.

The AJI seeks to help overcome the divide between UofSC and our surrounding community. Every two years we award a grant (which can include, but is not limited to teaching release, GA support, research funds, workshop or conference money) to support projects that involve public engagement or that apply research for the public good. For example, faculty in public health researching plant-based diets host a diet clinic including nutritional workshops and cooking classes to the public, partnering with local restaurants and students from USC’s Ethics of Food course. Or faculty researching urban planning could work with city officials and neighborhood associations to develop recommendations to reduce excessive drinking in Five Points. You can read about our first UofSC + Columbia project here.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.