Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE) Fellowship


CURVE Application

The 2023-24 CURVE application is divided in two categories: 

First-Time Researchers


First-Time Researchers are defined as Viterbi undergraduate students who have not received prior formal research experience at USC. This category generally, though not exclusively, applies to first and second year undergraduate students who are looking to gain initial exposure to research at Viterbi.  

First-Time Researchers submit an application to be matched with listed research opportunities from participating labs. A limited number of first-time research participants will be selected to receive $1250 per semester for up to 2 semesters funded by the CURVE program. Funding terms include fall and spring semesters.


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Continuing Researchers


Continuing Researchers are defined as current Viterbi undergraduate students who have already engaged in undergraduate research experiences at USC for 2 semesters or more, including past recipients of the CURVE fellowship. This category generally applies to undergraduates in their second year or above.


Continuing Researchers submit a research project proposal and a letter of funding support from their faculty mentor. A limited number of continuing research participants will receive $2500 for the academic year (Fall and Spring) or $3000 for the summer. The stipend will comprise of a 50/50 cost-share model, with 50% from CURVE and 50% from sponsoring faculty or other external funding sources. Funding terms include fall, spring and summer terms. 


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Application Timeline


Fall 2023 Term

  • July 5, 2023 Application Opens
  • July 5 -28  Faculty-led Research Info Sessions
  • July 28 Application Deadline Due 11:59 PM (PT)
  • August 1 - 13 Faculty Review Period (during this time, applicants may be interviewed) 
  • Week of August 14 – Award Notifications Sent


CURVE Application