Ranked among the top 10 universities in federally supported research, USC remains dedicated to excellence in scholarly research that advances human knowledge. Below are just a few of the programs available to undergraduate students. Please visit the Undergraduate Research and Discovery page for a complete list.

Dornsife College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

A limited number of undergraduate fellowships support full-time research in any area of study, on campus, across the country, or around the world, under the direction of USC faculty. Learn more


Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)

SOAR supports undergraduate students who wish to work as research assistants on faculty projects or to pursue their own original research during the academic year. Learn more


“I chose USC because the opportunities for students, inside and outside of the classroom, are second to none.”

— Tyreece Santana, Bronx, New York

USC Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships

A limited number of fellowships are available for undergraduate research each academic year. Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $1,000 (fall and spring) or $3,000 (summer). Learn more

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Gateway Scholars Program prepares low-income, first-generation college students and under-represented minorities for advanced graduate studies and research. Learn more



$956 million

Annual sponsored research for 2020-21