Campus Programs

The University of South Carolina offers countless ways for graduate student to grow as leaders, civil servants, and professionals. Below is a list highlighting campus programs and organizations that feature networking and professional development opportunities for graduate students.

Presidential Fellowship Program

The award-winning Presidential Fellowship Program features an innovative progression of seminars and professional development workshops led by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Fellows are nominated to the Graduate School prior to their matriculation at USC.

Graduate Student Resource Fair

Held at the beginning of the fall semester, the Graduate Student Resource Fair is a one-stop shop for the needs of new and returning graduate students. Representatives from dozens of campus offices answer questions and introduce students to the many professional and student services that are available on campus. The event is sponsored by the Graduate School.

Preparing Future Faculty

The Preparing Future Faculty program at USC is administered through a partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School. Designed for graduate students and post-docs who want to teach at the college level, PFF assists with key aspects of professional development, documenting an investment in teaching, research and service in preparation for faculty life.


The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program hosts professional development workshops ranging from how to use social media to enhance your career to optimizing finances. Each spring, GJMPP scholars participate in the Graduate Research Seminar.

Annual Women’s Leadership Institute

The Women’s Leadership Institute is designed for faculty, staff and graduate students from South Carolina institutions of higher education who are interested in the advancement and success of women in leadership roles.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association regularly hosts workshops designed specifically for graduate and professional students’ success in the workplace. Recent workshop topics include diversity in the workplace and developing soft skills.

International Student Services

International Student Services provides support, advising, and programming for students who currently study at USC.

Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs specializes in giving students advice on all aspects of the application and interview processes for national competitions. Some of the services they offer include: coordinating faculty nominations for eligible students, hosting national fellowship workshops featuring previous winners and faculty experts, and offering one-on-one advisement and providing feedback on personal statements.

Postdoctoral Association

The USC Postdoctoral Association provides opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research and teaching.

Research Facilities

Our campus enjoys over 100 interdisciplinary and specialized research facilities which can enhance your graduate work at USC.

Student Affairs & Academic Support

Student Affairs and Academic Support works with university and higher education partners to create an optimal learning environment that supports students, faculty, and staff. Professional development opportunities range from leadership and community service to multicultural programming.

Sustainable Carolina

Each year up to twenty Sustainability Fellows are selected to participate in Sustainable Carolina's annual "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" workshop. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible to apply for the May workshop. For more information, contact David Whiteman ( or Judit Trunkos (