Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Logo 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. 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.


2017 Scholarships and Fellowships

2017 Faculty Recognition Awards Program

The Phi Kappa Phi All-University Honor Society is pleased to announce the 35th annual Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards Program. The competition and exhibition will be held in conjunction with the annual Academic Honors Convocation. Four awards of $1,000 each will be presented to USC faculty for works substantially created and completed at USC. All full-time and part-time faculty associated with degree-granting programs are eligible for award consideration. Self-nomination is the most frequent form of submittal, but nominations also are welcomed from deans, department chairs, and faculty colleagues.

Submit books, articles, or creative endeavors to: Phi Kappa Phi, University of Southern California, Doheny Library (DML) 101, MC 0182, attention Sarah Minneman. 

For complete entry information and an application, click here.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 4:30 pm 

2017 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for First-Year Graduate or Professional Study

Open to Phi Kappa Phi members who will begin their first year of graduate or professional study between May 1, 2017, and February 1, 2018.

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 larger fellowships of $5,000-$15,000.
  • One student from among all fellowship applicants to receive the 2017 Carl and Sterling Franklin Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship.

For more information on the national fellowship, click here.

Download application materials and submit completed applications in hardcopy to the USC PKP chapter office located in the Dean's Suite of Doheny Library in person, or via email at The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017. Only one application is necessary. USC PKP will consider applicants for all awards listed above.

To download general instructions and an application, click here.

2017 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 2017:

  • The scholarship supports research or creative projects that awardees will undertake during summer 2017.
  • Awards of up to $1,000.
  • Open to USC sophomores and juniors (as of spring 2017) with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Phi Kappa Phi membership is not required.
  • Students graduating in May, 2017, 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 14, 2017.

To download general instructions and an application, click here.