Career Development Fellowship

DHS Career  Development Student Fellowship  Program

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

•       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