University of Southern California


Funding Opportunities

The USC Office of Research offers faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research administrators a wide range of information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects. Below are several funding tools to assist research endeavors.

Institutionally Limited External Competitions

These are competitions for awards by outside agencies for which USC can nominate a limited number of candidates. Applications for any of the awards listed here must be submitted to the Office of Research using the USC application portal ( Applications will go through an internal review process and candidates must receive approval from the USC administration prior to submission to the sponsoring agency.

Investigators who independently identify limited submission funding opportunities cannot apply directly to the external sponsor and are requested to provide the Office of Research ( with the funding opportunity information as soon as it is identified.

List of Previous Nominees

Please note, internal USC application deadlines are typically at least one month in advance of the sponsoring agency’s own deadlines, given the time required for the internal review process.

Internal Research Awards Across the University (current and recurring)

Fellowships and Grants in Humanities & Social Sciences

A list of foundations and other entities that provide funding opportunities in the humanities, arts and sciences can be found in the link below. Information is also provided on grant writing mentorship programs that support submission of proposals to these organizations.

List of Foundations

Funding Databases

Researchers seeking funding opportunities can use sponsored research opportunity databases to locate funding awards for which they are eligible.

Crowdfunding Donations

Government Agency Funding Opportunities

Comprehensive List of Websites for Each School