Research Support

Services provided by Research Support include funding opportunities and other resources that support research, scholarly, and creative work of USC Upstate faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.

Dissemination outlets organized by the Research Support Office include the Annual Research Symposium and the Student Research Journal.

Please contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, (864) 503-5781, mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu, with any questions regarding any of the the funding or dissemination opportunities offered.

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

Note: Applications for the Scholarly Student Travel Grant Program and the Mini-Grant Program are taken on a rolling basis. Please check that funds are still available before applying.

Student Opportunities

Scholarly Student Assistantship Program

The Scholarly Student Assistantship program provides valuable learning opportunities and financial assistance to undergraduates 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.

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 undergraduate 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 Grant Program

This program provides competitive funding to offset travel and registration costs associated with either:

  • the presentation of the results of their scholarly, research or creative works at professional meetings or other qualified outside venues or
  • attending an event in order to bring vital knowledge back to USC Upstate that will have a direct and positive impact on a scholarly project.

Applications are received on a rolling basis - there is no deadline to apply. View the complete program description and apply now!

Magellan Scholars Program

The Magellan Scholar program was created to enrich the academic experience of USC’s undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology and medicine, to theatre, music and art. By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, this program enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The Magellan Scholar program provides opportunities for undergraduates to build a competitive edge in the job market. This program is offered by USC Columbia ( http://www.sc.edu/our/magellan.shtml) and is available to USC Upstate students. For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu, (864) 503-5781.

This program is only open to undergraduate students.

 

Additional Opportunities

Can't Find Something Right For You?
Many research, scholarly and creative areas can benefit from the above funding opportunities; however, you might need a special type of funding that does not fit into any of the above programs. Please let us know and perhaps a special award can be made that better fits your particular project. For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu, (864) 503-5781.

Other Sources:
For an extensive list of student funding opportunities offered by organizations outside of the University system, please visit the following page:
http://www.sc.edu/our/funding.shtml.

Faculty Opportunities

Magellan Mentors

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support is offering a $3,000 incentive to faculty advisers whose students receive funding through the Magellan Scholars program. 
View Program Details PDF Document | Apply Now!

Scholarly Course Reallocation Program

Increase a faculty member’s research, scholarly or creative productivity by reducing their course load for a semester by one course. This program will award up to $2,500 to the faculty member’s department to hire an adjunct instructor who will teach the course that the faculty member would have been teaching. All full-time USC Upstate faculty members are eligible to apply for this program. A faculty member can only be awarded one course release per academic year through this program. 
View Program Details PDF Document | Apply Now!

Scholarly Startup Package

Provide initial momentum to a faculty member’s research, scholarly or creative productivity with a $5,000 startup package. Only tenure-track hires in their first and second years are eligible to apply.
View Program Details PDF Document | Apply Now!

Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE)

Created by the Office of the Vice President for Research (USC Columbia) to advance research and scholarly activities. For more information (including details about different tracks of funding and all necessary forms), please see the ASPIRE web site

Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Fund

Created by the Office of the Vice President for Research (USC Columbia) to assist faculty of the senior campuses to enhance their research and scholarship activities, as well as to provide an opportunity for them to explore new areas of research/scholarship. More information is available on the RISE award cycle as well as detailed criteria (including details about different tracks of funding and all necessary forms). 

Teaching and Productivity Scholarship (TAPS) Fund

The purpose of the USC Upstate Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship, including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development, and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects will support the scholarship process with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects which require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.TAPS awards are coordinated by the Teaching and Excellence Committee (TEC). Please visit the TEC web site for more details.