External Fellowships for PhD Students
National Fellowship Opportunities for PhD Students
The USC Graduate School provides a variety of resources to support PhD students seeking funding. Students are encouraged to explore opportunities through the USC Fellowships and Awards database. The Graduate School also coordinates an annual external fellowship boot camp and faculty-led proposal review clinics.
Students who receive one of a number of designated national awards may be eligible for stipend top offs from the Graduate School. Fellowships eligible for top offs are noted in the USC Fellowships and Awards database.
Staff in the Graduate School serve as coordinating officials for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation’s Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Completion Fellowships, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright Hays Program, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and the Josephine De Karman Fellowships.
PhD students applying for external fellowships that are “institutionally limited,” meaning that there is a limit placed on the number of students who can apply, or whose applications require the approval of a university official, should contact the Graduate School well in advance of any deadlines.
- Boot Camp
- Proposal Review Clinic
- OnLine Fellowship Course
Fellowship Boot CampThe Fellowship Boot Camp is a 10-day intensive writing workshop in which students complete an application for one of the following major national awards:
- National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
- The boot camp “definitely helped me gear my essay towards a larger audience, which is particularly important since the review panel for my discipline may include scholars from other fields”
- “I loved it and felt like because of the difference in discipline everyone had a unique perspective and advice so each reviewer’s comment was different instead of getting the same feedback over and over again”
- “The most important things I learned during the boot camp were about addressing the broader impacts criterion of the NSF GRFP. I feel much more confident now about telling a story relating my experiences to the evaluation criteria”