Graduate Civic Scholars Program

The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Civic Scholars Program (GCSP), an innovative professional development opportunity for master’s and doctoral students graduating in May 2020 or after who are interested in community and public engagement and action-based research. GCSP provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research, involvement in social justice initiatives, and an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in addressing societal needs.

In a cohort of like-minded colleagues and mentors, participants gain first-hand experience with civic research and public engagement and familiarity with theories of engagement. Students work intimately with experts, including USC faculty members and administrators, on research projects that will enhance quality of life in South Carolina and beyond. Scholars will gain exposure to potential community partners and learn about some of the needs and opportunities present in the Midlands and across the state. Over the course of the year, participants will develop and hone their own community-based research project, which they will present at the designated USC Research Day in 2020.

Up to twenty graduate students will be selected for the next GCSP cohort, which runs from May 2019 through April 2020. This 50-hour interdisciplinary program allows enrolled USC graduate students to explore how public engagement can enhance their teaching, research, and creative work while gaining skills useful to their career development. Scholars will participate in-person for seminars from May 13, 2019 to May 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in 20 contact hours of in-person sessions from August 2019 to April 2020 (dates and times TBA). A $500 stipend will be awarded to each scholar. Upon completion of the program, successful students will be recognized with transcript notations.



Please refer to the updated 2019-2020 Application and Instructions below:


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The Graduate Civic Scholars Program is sponsored and supported by USC’s Graduate School in partnerships with USC’s Office of Community Engagement, Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Student Engagement, and Career Center.