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The USC Graduate School funds thousands of domestic and international students annually. PhD students at USC are supported by fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or a combination of these funding sources. The recipients of Graduate School fellowships are selected from an application pool containing some of the most highly recruited students in the world.

PhD Students

All applicants who are admitted into a qualifying USC PhD program are automatically considered for incoming fellowships. Students who have successfully completed the first year of their PhD program may be eligible for additional competitively awarded funding. 

Master’s and
Professional Doctorate Students

The Graduate School and the Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships oversee a number of opportunities for master’s and professional doctorate students. The Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships oversees a number of opportunities for master’s students

Please refer to tax information for graduate students supported by fellowships, teaching and research assistantships and graduate student hourly workers.

Students are encouraged to explore additional opportunities through the USC Fellowships and Awards database

PhD Achievement Awards

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. Up to six awards are made annually to students from across the university. Each recipient’s primary faculty advisor also receives a Graduate School PhD mentoring award. Current students from every PhD program at USC are eligible. Each USC PhD program may nominate one candidate.

View previous recipients

Ian Thacker

Rossier, Urban Education Policy, Faculty Advisor: Gale Sinatra

Darshana Mini

Cinema, Cinema and Media Studies, Faculty Advisor: Priya Jaikumar

Carolyn Choi

Dornsife, Sociology, Faculty Advisor: Rhacel Parrenas

Amanda Baxter

Dornsife, Chemistry, Faculty Advisor: Surya Prakash