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Job Opportunity: Graduate Student Advocate for Fellowships




The USC Graduate School is seeking an advanced PhD student who will assist current PhD students in securing external fellowships. Candidates for the position must have passed their Qualifying Exams, be making good progress toward their degrees as verified by their departments, and have strong writing and speaking communication skills. The position will be a 25% appointment (10 hours per week), which includes the basic university stipend, tuition and selected fees. It is open to students in any field.


Duties include:

  • Researching external fellowship opportunities for PhD students from a variety of disciplines
  • Preparing summaries of fellowship information
  • Organizing information sessions and identifying external fellowship recipients to speak at information sessions
  • Developing peer support programs for PhD students interested in applying for external fellowships
  • Working individually with PhD students to prepare competitive applications
  • Holding regular office hours and referring students to available opportunities and resources
  • As appropriate, attending meetings with Graduate School Deans and the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs
  • As appropriate, attending Graduate Student Government meetings as a representative of the Graduate School


To apply, please submit a curriculum vita (CV) that includes the date you passed your qualifying exams, your expected graduation term and your faculty advisor. Please also submit a short (no more than 1 page) description of your qualifications for the position and a sample of a funding proposal or paper you have written. Send materials to: Meredith Drake Reitan, Assistant Dean for Fellowships at