Graduate School Fellowships

PhD students at USC are supported by fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or a combinantion of these funding sources.

The USC Graduate School funds hundreds of domestic and international students annually. The recipients of Graduate School fellowship are selected from an application pool containing some of the most highly recruited students in the world.

Most PhD students at USC will receive at least one year of fellowship funding from the Graduate School. The stipend amount and the duration of the fellowship will vary by department or by school. All applicants who are admitted into a qualifying USC PhD program are automatically considered for these fellowships. Fellowship recipients are selected by the faculty of the school or department in which they intend to pursue their studies.

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For students who have successfully completed the first years of their PhD program.

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The USC Graduate School provides a variety of resources to support PhD students seeking funding. Students are encouraged to explore opportunities in an online database, enroll in online training courses and attend fellowship specific info sessions. The Graduate School also coordinates an annual external fellowship boot camp and faculty-led proposal review clinics.

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The Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships oversees a number of opportunities for master’s students including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Boren Awards for International Study and the Luce Scholarship.

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As part of an ongoing effort to support and recognize the academic professional development of current PhD students, the Graduate School provides a PhD Achievement Award for students with exceptional academic profiles.

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