Dubbed affectionately as the Mini-Magellan, the Magellan Mini-Grant supports undergraduate students in their pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative activities with up to $1,000 towards materials, supplies, and/or travel.
This award is open to all USC campus and all disciplines.
About the Mini-Grant
- Funds undergraduate students in their pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative activities
- Projects are worked on with a faculty, staff, or community mentor
- Provides up to $1000 for materials, supplies, and/or travel costs required to complete the project
- Mentor-designed (students can work directly on mentorâ€™s project; does not have to be separate question/topic)
- Student generated projects or questions (this is not a requirement of Magellan projects
- Research abroad
- Service-learning and community-based-research
- Any combination of the above
Magellan Mini-Grant recipients are required to:
- Make significant progress toward the completion of their project within the grant period
- Completion of a research ethics workshop. See Workshops FOR researchers.
- Present at Discover USC
- Submit a research report and pictures
The Mini-Grant has two deadlines per academic year. Once awarded, students may begin purchasing items for reimbursement (see funding details for more information about allowable costs)
|October 31, 2017 by 5pm
February 28, 2018 by 5pm
|December 1, 2017
March 30, 2018
- USC undergraduate*
- Any USC campus
- Any discipline
- Any academic year*
- Good standing with the University (no current academic or judicial probation)
- Working under the guidance of a USC faculty, staff, or community member on any scholarly, research, or creative project
- International and exchange students (domestic or international) are eligible (US citizenship/permanent residence not required)
- Students may submit one application for a small group working on the same project. The maximum amount groups can request is up to $1000 per student or a maximum of $4000 per project (if more than four students are part of the group)
- Students who have received a previous Mini-Grant may apply for additional support and must provide evidence of satisfactory progress in their project to be considered for additional funding
*Students may not submit a proposal during the same semester in which they are graduating. Proposals CAN be submitted the semester BEFORE graduating. Scholars must be enrolled for one full semester AFTER the award date of the grant. Example: students graduating in May can apply for the October deadline of the same academic year but not in February before May graduation. Students graduating in December may not apply in October of the same academic year.
How do I get paid?
The Mini-Grant is done by reimbursement only. What that means is you will purchase the items and then bring the original receipts to the Office of Undergraduate Research. We will submit the appropriate paperwork to have you reimbursed. Typically, this is done by check that is mailed to your home several weeks after the paperwork is submitted.
Please note we cannot provide the money to you upfront. If you need the money to purchase an item, discuss this with your mentor.
- Software (e.g., SPSS, InDesign)
- Plane tickets
- Gas (for trips over 10 miles one way)
- Printing costs
- Hotel room
- Cameras or video equipment
- Renting a kayak
- Books (not found through the USC library)
- Raffle items (for participants in a study—must be under $50 apiece)
- Conference travel (no more than half of your Mini-Grant budget can go towards conference travel)
- Computer (including laptop, desktop)
- Giftcards or cash (e.g., to pay participants)
- Hire people (e.g., consultants)
- Travel under 10 miles one way
- Books that may be found through the USC library
- Senior thesis printing costs
- Any item that does not have a receipt
Other points to ponder
- Looking for a digital recorder? iPad? External hard drive? We have those items available to be checked out for research projects. Check with us.
- Be sure to ask your department if they have and/or would allow you access to any materials and supplies you need. If not, note it in your budget that you checked.
- Students may submit one application for a small group working on the same project. The maximum amount groups can request is up to $1000 per student or a maximum of $4000 per project (if more than four students are part of the group).
- You do not have to apply for the full amount to be considered for the Mini-Grant.
- You may apply for this grant in addition to other funding (e.g., Magellan Scholar, Magellan Apprentice).
Using the Mini-Grant for Research Abroad
BEFORE you plan your research abroad review this document for:
- Important people to meet with and contact
- Research abroad requirements
- Guidelines and tips for the application
Want to learn more about research abroad including additional FUNDING sources? Check this out!
NOTE: ALL students traveling abroad MUST register with the Study Abroad Office (except when traveling for vacation) and comply with all university travel policies (ACAF 2.09) - Columbia campus only
Do ANY of these apply to you?
- Volunteering abroad
- Researching abroad
- Interning abroad
- Studying abroad (for credit or not)
Yes AND USC Columbia? Complete the registration steps here
Yes but NOT USC Columbia? Contact email@example.com, 803-777-1141
Not sure? Check in with the Study Abroad Office. Be safe, not sorry!
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Want to apply? Ready to get started?
A complete application consists of:
Step 1: Complete the Magellan Programs Application
(includes the following sections: project overview, research compliance, study abroad, and a
Step 2: Have your mentor complete the Mentor Collaboration Form
They may email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you have a co-mentor, please have them complete the Co-Mentor Form
Step 3: Complete the online application form
Select "Magellan Mini-Grant" from pull down menu
Under "Magellan Programs Application," upload the completed Magellan Programs
Application (must be a word document of PDF)
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Still not sure?
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