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ADDITIONAL FUNDING

  • Graduate students at the University of South Carolina have a proud history of winning national fellowships and awards.
  • USC has been named a top Fulbright producer three years in a row (since 2012)

Our status as a top-tier research university is suggestive of the rich pool of resources that are available to our graduate students. We encourage you to take advantage of campus resources and to seek additional support from external sources.

Graduate students are usually nominated for university awards by their graduate director. Because university-wide and national awards have particularly early deadlines, we encourage you to seek out funding opportunities as early as possible.

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:

  • Presidential Doctoral Teaching Fellowships
  • Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowships

OFFICE OF FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLAR PROGRAMS

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP) specializes in giving students advice on all aspects of the application and interview processes for national competitions. (Some examples of national competitions include National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Boren, DAAD, Fulbright, Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, etc.). Each semester, OFSP also hosts 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.

Graduate students who intend to compete for national fellowships are encouraged to visit OFSP and take advantage of the new National Fellowship search database.

THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports research innovation and the scholarly and creative activities of USC students and faculty. Graduate student resources include:

RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES

The University of South Carolina supports more than 100 research centers, institutes, and collaborative networks across campus. Graduate students can find support for research that aligns with an institutes’ mission. Some examples include:

  • Ceny Walker Graduate Fellowship
  • Confucius Institute Scholarship Program
  • David G. Ellison Graduate Fellowship
  • African Studies Fellowship Competition

INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, & ENTREPRENEURIAL INITIATIVES

University of South Carolina graduates rank nationally in number of startup businesses created. Graduate students at USC also have a proven track record of success in related campus competitions. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in invention, entrepreneurial, non-profit, and start-up initiatives that are supported across campus. (You can find these nationally as well.) Some local initiatives include:


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