The University of South Carolina supports students of all backgrounds. Learning from differences in people, ideas, and opinions—as well as cultivating conditions which support their work and development—remains a core goal of the university and contributes to our vibrant social and academic makeup. USC is the only school in South Carolina to win the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and has been awarded this diversity and inclusion award for five consecutive years (since the award’s inception in 2012).

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Presidential Fellowship

Diversity is cherished by the Presidential Fellows Program, the university’s most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. The Graduate School welcomes nominations of domestic candidates and women in the STEM fields, and of underrepresented groups in all disciplines. About 1 in 6 Fellows is international.

Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program

The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program is a sponsored initiative designed to recruit and prepare African American students to become college and university professors. African American students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and who are interested in becoming college professors are eligible to apply.

(GEM) consortium

The University of South Carolina is part of the Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) consortium. GEM works to increase access and success of underrepresented minority groups in the STEM fields and provides fellowships to underrepresented minority graduate students. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation.

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is part of a nationwide initiative to produce more minority Ph.D.s and encourage them to seek faculty positions. Dissertation and Ph. D. fellowships are available to current and prospective USC students.