Depending on the proposed project and area of interest, the on-campus residency of
the Sonoco Visiting Fellow is expected to last anywhere from a minimum of two weeks
to three months (full semester). Fellows can complete their visits during a single
period or break them up into multiple periods (ideally no less than one week for each
A residency can include presenting an academic seminar, meeting with groups of students,
offering guest lectures or courses, as well as participating in a forum for the broader
Moore School community. Fellows would be expected to collaborate with relevant professors
and students in such activities as developing a research project, course content,
executive program or seminar/conference. Both theoretical and applied projects are
A competitive honorarium is associated with the Fellowship. The Folks Center, in collaboration
with the International Business Department, will facilitate the use of University
of South Carolina research resources, an office and administrative support.
Interested individuals who would like to be considered for the Fellowship should submit
the following documents to Gerald McDermott, faculty director for the Folks Center for International Business.
- A project proposal, indicating expected activities and output, period(s) of residency,
and specific academic staff with whom the applicant would like to collaborate.
- Proposals should be approximately 500-1000 words.
- Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches to key
problems in International Business (broadly defined) and overlap with the vision,
mission and initiatives of the Folks Center
- Priority also will be given to individuals that have demonstrated important contributions
to their field of research or practice.
- A detailed CV.
- A brief cover letter indicating how the applicant would benefit from an association
with the Folks Center and the International Business Department and how the project
would fit with the mission of the center.
All applications will be reviewed by the Folks Center Faculty Advisory Committee.