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Signature Programming

Book manuscript workshop are targeted towards individuals at any career stage who have not previously published a monograph. The successful applicant will have a first-time book manuscript near completion at the time of applying. He or she will invite, and the AJI will fund, up to three senior experts in the author’s field as well as an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press to campus. A small group of relevant experts within the South Carolina community may also attend.

The purpose of this workshop is to support stronger and more rigorous manuscripts from first-time STS authors. Equally, it is geared toward developing communities of colleagues from different disciplines and geographical locations. The AJI is committed to building such communities from the bottom up, seeding them and positioning them to question and reframe complex problems. The AJI takes a broad approach to STS, envisioning it in partnership with historical, philosophical, scientific, engineering and medical approaches, because at the AJI community is the method. 

Review our past Book Manuscript Workshop recipients here.

Our 2023 Writer's Retreat is scheduled for June 17-June 23, and we have a wonderful location we look forward to revealing when applications open. Come back for the application link, which will be available November 1, 2022. The application form closes on December 1, 2022 and the recipients of our Writer's Retreat slots will be notified in early January.  Look for more details on this year's theme and our expectations for attendees, coming soon. 

The AJI supports conference, symposia and professional meetings on themes within science, technology and society.

The AJI supports interdisciplinary community building by funding professional meetings and workshops.


The modern university is one of humankind’s most astonishing achievements: a city populated by highly trained experts with extraordinary resources for advancing human understanding in every domain of knowledge. However, university research is frequently too technical to be accessible to the general public and there are often disincentives for researchers to work outside of their specialist communities.

The AJI seeks to help overcome the divide between UofSC and our surrounding community. Every two years we award a grant (which can include, but is not limited to teaching release, GA support, research funds, workshop or conference money) to support projects that involve public engagement or that apply research for the public good. For example, faculty in public health researching plant-based diets host a diet clinic including nutritional workshops and cooking classes to the public, partnering with local restaurants and students from USC’s Ethics of Food course. Or faculty researching urban planning could work with city officials and neighborhood associations to develop recommendations to reduce excessive drinking in Five Points. You can read about our first AJI + Arts project here.

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Our upcoming events and applications deadlines are listed on our calendar.

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