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Graduate Student Opportunities

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Scholarly Student Assistantship Program: 
The Scholarly Student Assistantship program provides valuable learning opportunities and financial assistance to graduate students by creating opportunities for students to assist and collaborate with faculty members who conduct research projects and are engaged in creative and scholarly activities. This contributes to the students' overall academic experience, and more effectively prepares those students who intend to pursue graduate level or professional studies, as well as careers in which they are required to develop and manage similar projects.

The award has two categories:

  • Student Research Assistant: where the student is directly and substantively involved in assisting the faculty member with a scholarly project
  • Student Teaching Assistant: where the student is indirectly involved with assisting the faculty member with a scholarly project by alleviating the faculty member’s teaching-related duties.

NOTE: In this latter category, the student cannot perform lecture or regular classroom duties. The student is only allowed to help in teaching-related duties such as grading, study sessions, etc.

The faculty member must very clearly articulate the specific ways that his/her scholarly efforts will be substantially improved with the help of this teaching assistant. View the complete program description and apply now!

Scholarly Student Mini-Grant Program:
This program provides competitive funding opportunities for full or part-time graduate students wishing to pursue independent scholarly research or creative projects under the guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff or qualified outside professionals. Projects must have the potential to lead towards significant contributions in the field of study in order to be considered for funding. Students involved in continuing projects may apply for and receive funding each semester for the duration of their project. Funds can be used to purchase materials and supplies or to offset other miscellaneous expenses. View the complete program description and apply now!

Scholarly Student Travel Support Program:
This program provides competitive funding to offset travel and registration costs associated with the presentation of the results of their scholarly, research or creative works at professional meetings or other qualified outside venues. Applications are received on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply. View the complete program description and apply now!

Final Report Form:
Download the Final Report Form.

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Research Advisory Council

Director of Research Support
Dr. Melissa Pilgrim

Melissa Pilgrim

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