Application Materials

Applicants will be evaluated on their academic accomplishments, the significance and intellectual merit of their research project, and their potential to contribute to the intellectual life of the Society of Fellows, their affiliated department, and the community of scholars at USC.

The application for the 2023–25 cycle will open in early October 2022 and close in late November 2022. Please check back in October to access the application. 

Applicants should submit:

  • A finished and complete online application.  

  • A cover letter (up to three pages single-spaced). The letter should indicate the applicant’s primary field of research and desired departmental affiliation. It should also outline in brief the research the applicant intends to complete at USC. Scholars working across disciplines may indicate the various fields their research addresses and, if desired, additional possible departmental affiliations.

    In addition to the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, the University of Southern California is home to multiple institutes, centers, and programs in the humanities (see If an applicant’s research interests align with those of any of these programs, please indicate this in the cover letter.

    If the dissertation has not been completed, the letter should detail its progress, timeline to completion, and scheduled or proposed defense date should the fellowship be awarded.

  • A C.V.

  • A writing sample from the dissertation/book project, such as a chapter or article, published or unpublished (up to forty pages excluding notes and bibliography).

  • Evidence of completed Ph.D. or progress-to-degree letter from the adviser or Director of Graduate Studies.

  • The names of two references who can provide recommendation letters.

Please submit PDF files. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all accompanying documents are properly uploaded. Once submitted, applications and documents cannot be changed or updated.


The application for the 2023–25 cycle will open in early October 2022 and close in late November 2022.