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DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

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).

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

GJMPP is a diversity pipeline program to prepare doctoral and MFA students from underrepresented groups for college teaching. All Scholars must show outstanding promise for doctoral or MFA study and a commitment to joining the professoriate as evidenced by a personal statement/writing sample, 2 reference letters (including a nomination from the academic program at USC), formal notification of admission from The Graduate School, financial support from academic programs at USC, and academic achievement with prior GPAs at 3.4 or higher. Whenever there are multiple applicants from a single academic discipline, the appropriate Graduate Director will be asked to rank applicants. Scholars will be selected by GJMPP in consultation with the Graduate Council’s Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Interviews may be required. The deadline for applications is April 1. Decisions will be announced by May 15.

  1. Annual stipends are: $3,000 for part time Scholars (anyone taking fewer than 6 credits or employed full time); and $6,000 for full time Scholars.
  2. Full time GJMPP Scholars will be funded for up to 4 years at the doctoral level and 5 semesters for the MFA (or awarding of the degree, whichever comes first).
  3. Part time GJMPP Scholars will be funded for up to 6 years at the doctoral level and 7 semesters for the MFA (or awarding of the degree, whichever comes first).
  4. GJMPP Scholars must complete USC’s Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) within three years: http://gradschool.sc.edu/aboutus/docs/Future_Faculty.pdf.
  5. Scholars are required to publish at least two articles in GJMPP’s monograph series. Scholars may submit publishable work in Year 1, 2 or Year 3 and must complete all necessary revisions by the spring semester of the year of publication. Scholars are encouraged to participate more than twice.
  6. GJMPP Scholars must participate in at least one community service project each year. The number of hours for the service project will be determined by the nature of the project. Students are encouraged to participate in additional service projects.
  7. Every GJMPP Scholar must have a Faculty Mentor (who may be either the major advisor or another faculty member).
  8. All newly funded Scholars must be doctoral or MFA students entering their first or second year at USC
  9. Designation as an GJMPP Scholar allows in-state tuition rates, a valuable benefit for out-of- state students and thus an important recruitment tool.

To retain funding, all Scholars must be in good academic standing each semester (defined as a GPA of 3.0 or higher) and making adequate progress toward degree, as verified by the Graduate Director of the academic program and the Graduate School.

Information for Scholars who began AAPP (now GJMPP) in 2013 or before:

  1. Any Scholar in Years 1-3 will be funded for up to 4 years, assuming good academic standing and adequate progress toward degree (or awarding of the degree, whichever comes first).
  2. Any current Scholar who is a part time student or employed full time is eligible for a total of up to 6 years of funding, assuming good academic standing and adequate progress toward degree (or awarding of the degree, whichever comes first).
  3. Current Scholars now in Year 4 of funding will be funded for a 5th (and final) year in AY 2014-15, assuming good academic standing and adequate progress toward degree.
  4. Current Scholars now in Year 1 or 2 of funding must complete the PFF program by the end of Year 3.
  5. Current Scholars now in Year 3 or 4 of funding must complete the PFF program by April 2015.
  6. Current Scholars now in Year 5 or beyond will receive no additional funding.

There is no additional funding for summer enrollment, books, supplies, or travel. (GJMPP Scholars may apply for Travel Grants through the Graduate School.)

(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.


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