External Fellowship Resources for PhD Students

August 17, 2018

On-Line Fellowship Course for Early Career PhDs

Last summer, the graduate school launched an Online Fellowship Course designed for early career PhDs (students in the first or second year). The course provides information on the types of funding available and includes interviews with recipients, resources and tips. Most incoming 2018 PhD students have been automatically enrolled in the course this summer. Students can access the course by logging in to the USC Blackboard system with a USC email ID and password: https://blackboard.usc.edu/webapps/login/.

Once students have signed in, they will need to click on the “Grad School Fellowship Course” at the bottom of the first page in a box labelled “My Organizations”. Clicking the eLearning tab on the top left (under the announcement tab) leads them to three modules.


Proposal Review Clinics

In October, the graduate school will host a series of proposal review clinics focused on external fellowship opportunities. PhD students will submit draft proposals to the graduate school and meet individually with faculty reviewers for structured feedback.


Research and Fellowships Week

We also wanted to let you know about the Research and Fellowships Week planned for the week of October 29 – November 2, 2018. A collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Programs, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate School, the week will include a variety of fellowship-related information sessions for students from all levels and backgrounds.


Awards and Fellowship Database

Students are encouraged to check out USC’s Awards and Fellowship Database. All funding opportunities that come to the Graduate School are archived here: https://awardsdatabase.usc.edu/Index.asp


External Fellowship Stipend Top Offs

Finally, PhD students who are supported by training grants or who receive one of the grad school designated nationally competitive awards are eligible for a top off from the graduate school of $10,000 or up to a total stipend of $35,000 for the academic year, whichever is less, for each year of the award. Recipients of these awards must be included on the external fellowship awarded page of the Graduate School’s PhD Program Progress site.

Published on August 17th, 2018

Last updated on August 17th, 2018