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New Scholars

Congratulations and welcome to the Trojan Family!

You are joining USC at a pivotal point in our history, in which the university proves itself as the great private research university whose singular focus is to serve the global public good – to become a truly global university with a global reach and influence. At USC, you will join a vibrant community of postdoctoral scholars who are being trained by our best research faculty and engaging in cutting-edge research using the latest technology.

Our past Provost, Elizabeth Garrett, established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs because she was fully aware of how important postdoctoral scholars are to the research mission of the university.  In fact, she dramatically increased the number of postdoctoral scholars at USC during her tenure.  She was also aware of the increasingly important role that postdoctoral training plays in the Humanities, and every year we’re proud to welcome a class of Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities, one of the Provost’s Signature Programs that I will continue to support and expand.

While you are here, we want you to take advantage of all the events that happen on campus every day.  We especially invite you to attend the Visions and Voices events. We also have a strong Postdoctoral Association at USC, and we provide them with funding to help create a connected and trained postdoctoral community through professionalization and social events.
We’re glad you chose USC at this important stage or your career and we look forward to hearing about your successes.


Michael Quick, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences




Elizabeth Graddy, PhD
Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy and Professor of Public Policy in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy