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Applying

Fall Deadline

October 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Announced: December 17
Grants start January 2020

Spring Deadline

February 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Announced: April 10
Grants start May or August 2020

EXCEPTIONS


College of Education - Columbia

  • Requires an internal review of your proposal five business days before the stated deadline.
  • Contact Rebecca Wessinger at rineharr@mailbox.sc.edu as soon as you intend to submit.

College of Nursing - Columbia

Arnold School of Public Health - Columbia

  • Requires submission into USCeRA 1 full business day prior to the deadline.
  • Contact Dr. Lumi Bakos, Bakos@email.sc.edu with questions.



 
 

 

Application Process

The order of the following steps is not important, but all are required for a complete application.

The guidebook [pdf] will walk you through the application process including eligibility, formatting, proposal details, form access, award requirements, and more. This is your best resource for all things Magellan Scholar. To ensure your project is considered for the program – follow the guidebook!

You are required to attend one application workshop.
You must attend a workshop before you can apply for the Magellan Scholar program. Your application may be declined if you have not attended a workshop. Do not miss class for this - if you cannot attend any of the dates/times below - contact our@sc.edu for alternatives ASAP.

Registration:  Encouraged (registration form below) but not required. You MUST sign in at the workshop to record your attendance. 
Length: 45-50 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute session for writing tips and hints.

Workshop attendance is required.

NOTE: If the workshop locations, dates, or times do not work in your schedule, contact our@sc.edu or 803-777-1141 ASAP - an alternative is available. Do NOT miss class to attend a workshop!

Download the Application Workshop Handout [pdf]

UofSC Aiken:
Thurs, Sept 19, 4:30pm
Business and Education Bldg rm 140

UofSC Columbia:
Tues, Sept 17, noon Russell House Room 305
Mon, Sept 23, 1pm Russell House Room 305
Fri, Sept 27, noon 1600 Hampton St. Room 404U
Thurs, Oct 3, 10am Russell House Room 305
Mon, Oct 7, 4:30pm Russell House Room 305
Tues, Oct 15, 4:30pm Russell House room 305

UofSC Upstate:
Fri, Sept 20, 12:30-2:00pm
Administration Building Room 327

ALL Campuses by video conference:
Fri, Sept 27, noon
Aiken TBD
Beaufort Library 238
Columbia 1600 Hampton 404U
Lancaster MEDF 213
Salkehatchie East 213
Salkehatchie West OCB 205
Sumter TBD
Union Laurens 113
Union C108
Upstate ITS Conference Admin 102

 

Registration encouraged but not required. Same day registrations may not be recorded - be sure to sign in at the workshop.

NOTE: If the workshop locations, dates, or times do not work in your schedule, contact our@sc.edu or 803-777-1141 ASAP - an alternative is available. Do NOT miss class to attend a workshop! 

Registration form:

*Required fields

STUDENTS: Please enter your mentor's information in the next fields - if known.

Select workshop date and time (Be sure to record your selected date, time, and location.) *

Attendance is unlimited.

You only need to attend one workshop, but changes occur each application round. It is your responsibility to follow the current semester's rules, requirements, and forms.

Are you resubmitting a proposal? If so, review the guidebook for resubmission guidelines and requirements.

The required part of the workshop is ~45-50 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute session on writing tips and hints.

Contact Undergraduate Research immediately! Email us at our@sc.edu, or call 803-777-1141, we may be able to offer an alternative.

Depending on how close the deadline, you may not be able to apply this round if you've missed all the workshops.

Contact Undergraduate Research immediately! Email us at our@sc.edu, or call 803-777-1141, we may be able to offer an alternative.

Depending on how close the deadline, you may not be able to apply this round if you've missed all the workshops.

NOTE: Workshops are posted at the beginning of each semester. Check back in mid-August for Fall and early January for Spring.

Each semester one workshop is offered by video conferencing to all campuses. See above for date, time, and location on each campus. 

If the date has passed or you are unable to attend, contact our@sc.edu for alternatives.

  • Mentors are encouraged to attend one workshop.
  • Mentors and students do not have to attend the same workshop. 
  • The guidebook is updated every semester. Applications must be compliant with the current requirements. 
  • FORMS are updated often! Please do not resuse forms from previous semesters. Forms below.

 

All Magellan Scholars must have a faculty mentor and project to apply.
Things to consider and discuss:
  • Review the student mentoring guide.
  • Talk with your mentor about the application process.
  • Set up a timeline to ensure that your mentor has time to review each of your proposal drafts.
  • Discuss the writing and editing process. 
  • Review the tasks and goals for your project.
  • The key to a successful application is how well you describe your project plan. Make sure that you understand your project in sufficient detail to explain this in language that a non-expert will understand.

 

The applicant information form must be submitted in addition to your proposal by the submission deadline.

Group applications: submit one form — alphabetically by last name.

NOTE for all applicants: If anything on this form changes (such as title) after submission or you decide not to apply, contact our@sc.edu with the new information and we will update or delete the form for you.

  • Follow the advice/expertise from your mentor. 
  • Include all sections and formatting described in the guidebook. 
  • The proposal tips and hints guide may be helpful in the writing process.
  • Make sure you set up a timeline with your mentor for drafts and reviews. 
  • Ensure that your mentor has the final version in plenty of time for submission by the 5 p.m. deadline. 
  • Remember: your mentor submits the full application into the system. 

The Guidebook [pdf] contains additional guidance regarding special situations such as:

  • group projects
  • research abroad
  • human or animal subjects
  • resubmissions
  • Using one of the budget forms below, work with your mentor to plan your project budget, if you are awarded.
  • Carefully review the guidebook for allowable and unallowable expenses and requirements for uses such as participant support and conference travel.
  • The budget form is added after your project description.

Budget Form
This is the only acceptable format for your budget. If it is not working for you, contact our@sc.edu

 

Special Situations and Helpful Resources

Before You Plan Your Research...

Review the Research Abroad Guidelines Document [pdf] for:

    • Important people to meet with and contact
    • Research abroad requirements
    • Guidelines and tips for the application 


For Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate students:
Contact us at our@sc.edu or 803-777-1141. 


For Columbia and Palmetto Campus/College students:


1) Register and comply with all policies, rules, and regulations of the Study Abroad Office

ALL students traveling abroad for research, volunteer, internships or study must register with the Study Abroad Office. 

2) Follow Study Abroad Non-Credit Instructions 

This is required for ALL research, internship, volunteer, and non-credit study abroad activities. 


Students must also comply with University Travel Policies (ACAF 2.09) [pdf]


If You Are Not Sure If You Need to Register:
Check with the Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@sc.edu or 803-777-7557. Be safe, not sorry!

 

If your project includes vertebrate animals or humans (including but not limited to interviews, surveys or review of personal/private information), you must have approval through the appropriate compliance office (or a note of exemption).

See the Magellan Scholar Guidebook for details.

This guide provides addtional information, tips, hints, and details to assist in writing the project description.

Use this guide to help develop your project plan and understand your responsibilities for the project.

Below are proposals from Magellan Scholar awardees.

  • These are meant as helpful resources but may not meet current application requirements. Follow the guidebook!
  • Not all majors are represented but even proposals outside your discipline will provide you with an understanding of expectations.
  • Be sure to review the Guidebook and Tips & Hints for additional information on writing your proposal.

 

The rubric reviewers use to evaluate proposals. This may be helpful as you develop and revise your project description.

 

The checklist may be helpful to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

  • The primary mentor and any secondary mentors (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, additional faculty mentors, community partners, etc) must each complete the appropriate form.
  • The collaboration forms are added after the budget form.
NOTE these forms are updated regularly, please be sure to use the most recent versions.

 

Primary Mentor Collaboration Form [doc]
The mentor's role on the project and the plan for student training and skill building

Secondary Mentor Form [doc]

  • Role of secondary mentor(s) on the project and how the mentor(s) will work with and train the student
  • Include as many secondary mentor forms as needed
  • Combine the project description, budget form, and mentor form(s) into ONE word or pdf document = Full Proposal. Do not include transcripts
  • Submit full formal proposal through USCeRA, no later than 5pm on the deadline date. See deadlines and EXCEPTIONS below.

USCeRA Submission Guide for Magellan Scholar proposals [pdf] - step-by-step guide to USCeRA for Scholar submissions including common questions and solutions 

 

Fall Deadline

October 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Announced: December 17
Grants start January 2020

Spring Deadline

February 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Announced: April 10
Grants start May or August 2020

EXCEPTIONS


College of Education - Columbia

  • Requires an internal review of your proposal five business days before the stated deadline.
  • Contact Rebecca Wessinger at rineharr@mailbox.sc.edu as soon as you intend to submit.

College of Nursing - Columbia

Arnold School of Public Health - Columbia

  • Requires submission into USCeRA 1 full business day prior to the deadline.
  • Contact Dr. Lumi Bakos, Bakos@email.sc.edu with questions.





 


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