Students have a variety of options for funding their graduate education and research and are strongly encouraged to seek funding from both internal and external sources.
The Graduate School offers a range of fellowships, awards, and travel grants to attract and support outstanding graduate students, including the award-winning Presidential Fellowship. Find a complete list of awards administered by The Graduate School here.
Departmental assistantships, fellowships, and travel grants vary in amount and availability. If you are interested in a departmental award, please contact your department directly.
Graduate students are usually nominated for university awards by their home department. Because university-wide competitions for funding have early deadlines, we encourage you to begin the process as early as possible.
The University of South Carolina supports more than 100 research centers, institutes, and collaborative networks across campus. Here graduate students can find support for research which aligns with the institutes’ mission. Some examples include
African American students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and who are interested in becoming college professors are eligible to participate in the African American Professors Program.
The college or school which houses your department can be a good place to find generous fellowships. In most cases students must be nominated by their department to qualify for these awards. Some examples include
The Office of the Vice President for Research supports research innovation and the scholarly and creative activities of USC faculty and students. Resources include
Entrepreneurial competitions that are open to graduate students include
USC students have a distinguished record of successfully competing in national fellowship competitions. Most recently, USC was named a top Fulbright producer for 2012-2013. Because national fellowship competitions have particularly early deadlines, we encourage you to begin the process as early as possible. Generally, students should begin looking for funding about one year in advance..
Graduate students who intend to compete for national fellowships are encouraged to visit USC’s Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP). OFSP specializes in giving students advice on all aspects of the application and interview processes for national competitions.
Each semester, they also host a National Fellowship Workshop Series. Tailored to prepare applicants for corresponding fellowships, these workshops feature faculty experts and previous winners whose insights into the selection process can help increase your chances of winning a national fellowship.