CREATE is pleased to announce its 2015-16 application competitive process for the DHS Career Development Student Fellowship Program. This is a fellowship program for students who are in process of completing a Masters or Doctoral Degree and who have interest in homeland security related research and professional employment upon graduation. The application process has begun and all application materials are due for Fall 2015 consideration by April 30th, 2015 and for Spring 2016 consideration by November 1, 2015. NOTE: Applicants who are not selected for Fall 2015 may be considered for Spring 2016. Selected applicants will receive a stipend and tuition remission for the scope of their graduate degree. Stipends and amount of tuition support vary as a function of degree type and year in a USC graduate program.
A. Applicant Eligibility
• Applicant must be a U.S. citizen as of the application deadline.
• Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.
• Applicant must be admitted to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the USC Sol Price School of Public
Policy or the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences as a Master's or Ph.D. candidate.
• Applicant must attend the annual HS-STEM Career Development Conference in Washington DC (or an approved alternative conference) during the first year of their award.
• Applicant must be willing to make and honor a commitment to provide one year of service at a
DHS-approved STEM venue.
B. Application Process
Applicants will submit the following electronically to Professor Gisele Ragusa (CREATE Director of
Education) at firstname.lastname@example.org:
• CREATE Career Development Fellowship cover letter of interest
• Official transcripts
• Official GRE or GMAT test scores
• Two letters of reference (academic and/ or professional)
• Professional goals essay (must be linked to homeland security)
• Copy of birth certificate or passport (proof of US Citizenship)
C. Evaluation Process
Applications for the program will be evaluated by a panel of faculty affiliated with CREATE
who are experts in one or more of the supported fields, based on the student's academic record and submitted test scores, recommendation letters, and essay. The number of scholarships awarded annually will be determined by the number of applications and funds availability limitations.
If you have questions related to the fellowship please contact Dr. Ragusa at email@example.com