Diversity, Inclusion & Access (DIA)

The DIA initiative ensures that diversity, inclusion, and access are part of the very fabric of USC.

The objectives of DIA are to help USC schools and programs increase diversity, build new pathways to attract highly qualified underrepresented students to USC graduate programs and to support graduate students as they progress toward their professional goals.

DIA support is provided through PhD student funding, recruitment and professional development.

Diversity, Inclusion & Access (DIA)

DIA Initiatives

Joint Funding – DIA Top-Offs

The Graduate School will provide DIA top-offs to an established stipend of $32,000 beginning with the fall 2017 cohort. These top-offs, along with the Provost’s Fellowship top-offs which could potentially be used to increase diversity, represent the university’s highest award for incoming students.

Recruitment - DIA JumpStart Program

In collaboration with three minority-serving local institutions – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Los Angeles; and Loyola Marymount University, the Graduate School is previewing the PhD experience through a research-intensive summer program at USC. Participants receive a modest stipend. Students who successfully complete the DIA JumpStart Program and apply to USC PhD programs will have the application fee waived. More information on this waiver can be found here.

Academic Support, Professional Development and Inclusion Diversity Programs

  • DIA Boot Camp is a writing-intensive 10-day workshop geared toward incoming and first-year PhD students applying for Ford Pre-Doctoral. GEM, Soros, NSF GRFP and other major external fellowships. Participants will receive stipends and supplemental research awards based on specific performance goals

  • DIA Boot Camp Boosters are one-day skill-building workshops for alumni of the DIA Boot Camp. The workshops will provide opportunities for students to continue to pursue external funding and develop additional professional and academic skills

  • Academic Professional Networking Events provide professional development and community building opportunities, include DIA-themed lunches with the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, skill-development seminars and other networking events

Additional USC Programs

The USC Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE)
The USC Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE) is a groundbreaking effort to increase the representation and success of women in science and engineering at USC through a series of creative programs that enable women to thrive at every stage of their careers.

The USC Research Gateway Scholars Program
The USC Research Gateway Scholars Program is a student academic services initiative sponsored by the University of Southern California, Office of Undergraduate Programs.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative geared to increase the commitment to diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. Fellows work with faculty mentors to develop their scholarly interests into research projects.