Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is one of the nation's oldest and largest honor societies and is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. PKP's membership currently numbers more than 900,000 scholars from across the globe. Drawing membership from all divisions within the academic institution, PKP is the largest interdisciplinary honor society. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines.
Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 select colleges and universities are inducted annually. Begun in 1924, the PKP All-University Honor Society is USC's oldest honor society. Membership is by invitation only, with members initiated each Spring on the basis of academic excellence. Now in partnership with the USC Libraries, the USC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to engage in research of the highest caliber, to share their experiences with one another and to be recognized for their accomplishments by a supportive academic community.
2019 Spring Initiation
USC's Phi Kappa Phi Spring initiation ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Bing Theater (BIT) on the University Park campus. Invitees should arrive at Queens Courtyard, the patio area outside Bing Theater, by 1:00 p.m. to check in. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to share in the celebration and attend with you. You may RSVP for your guests when you respond to the invitation or click HERE to email the USC PKP chapter office. Fight On!
2019 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for First-Year Graduate or Professional Study
Open to students who will begin their first year of graduate or professional study between May 1, 2019, and February 1, 2020. To be eligible, students must be current PKP members at the time of application or have been invited to join by June 30, 2019.
USC PKP will select:
- Recipients of the local chapter fellowship; number of recipients and amounts of awards vary each year.
- One candidate to compete at the national level for fellowships of $5,000-$15,000.
- One student from among all fellowship applicants to receive the 2019 Carl and Sterling Franklin Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship.
Complete your application online at the national PKP site and then download the PDF of the complete package. Submit the PDF by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or as a printed hard copy in person to the USC PKP chapter office located in the Dean's Suite of Doheny Library. The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Only one application is necessary. USC PKP will consider applicants for all awards listed above.
To begin your application, visit the national PKP site's Award Programs page by clicking HERE. Scroll down to the Fellowship section and select Apply Now.
2019 Undergraduate Summer Scholarship
The USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites all undergraduate students to apply for a scholarship to support research or creative projects during the summer of 2019:
- The scholarship supports research or creative projects that awardees will undertake during summer 2019.
- Awards of up to $1,000.
- Open to USC sophomores and juniors (as of spring 2019) with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
- Phi Kappa Phi membership is not required.
- Students graduating in May, 2019, are not eligible.
The USC chapter office in Doheny Library suite 100 must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.
To download general instructions and an application click HERE