Applicants to Ph.D. programs in engineering are considered for assistantships and fellowships provided that they have completed the application for admission and have submitted all supporting documents no later than December 15 of the year preceding the Fall term to which they are applying.
Fellowships are awarded based on exceptional merit and may consist of one of the following:
Nationally Coveted College Scholarships
FastWeb.com’s Graduate Scholarships
Petersons’ Graduate Scholarship Search Engine
External National Fellowships and Scholarships Information
External Fellowship Info Session Presentation 2017 9-11-17
Did you apply for Nationally Competitive Fellowship Awards? Click here.
Social Science Research Council’s Fellowships and Prizes
Institute of International Education’s Fellowships
Mobility International USA’s Funding
International Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries
International Financial Aid and Scholarship Search
Boren Fellowships for International Study
Fellowships typically include tuition, student health and dental insurance, access to the Engemann Student Health center, and a stipend distributed over the course of the academic year.
Some fellowships also cover mandatory fees such as the Graduate Student Programming fee, Norman Topping Student Aid Fund fee, and the Student Services fee. Lab fees and parking expenses are not covered by fellowships.
All parameters of your fellowship are outlined in your offer letter. We recommend that you review your offer letter carefully and become familiar with the terms of your fellowship.
Domestic and international fellowship students must be enrolled full-time to receive their fellowship. Full-time enrollment is equivalent to six advisor-approved units or GSRC-800 or 794ABCDZ. We recommend that Ph.D. students register at least two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester, and before the winter recess for the spring semester.
For more information on important dates and deadlines, please visit Ph.D. Important Dates and Deadlines.
Please also visit our New Student Information website.
Most USC fellowships pay August-May.
If you have an external fellowship, your fellowship stipend will be disbursed per the foundation’s guidelines.
Domestic Fellowship Students can have their stipends direct deposited through the Office of Payment Services (formerly called Disbursement Control). Please review set-up instructions for more information. If you do not sign up for direct deposit, your stipends will be mailed to your local address. If you do not have a local address on file and you do not sign up for direct deposit, your stipends will be mailed to your permanent address. Please make sure your local address is up to date in OASIS. You may access OASIS directing by logging into MyUSC
International Fellowship Students will receive their stipends through USC Payroll and can Direct Deposit Instructions for International Students New fellows, please note that GLACIER must be completed and processed before you can access Workday. If you do not sign up for Direct Deposit, your stipend will be a paper check and will be routed to the GAPP Office. You will be notified when it is ready for pick up.
This link contains information regarding tax treatment of fellowship awards. In addition, please review the IRS 1098-t form. These links are not meant to be a comprehensive list of tax resources or forms that you should consider.
International Students should review the OIS website.
New international fellows must submit GLACIER paperwork by the recommended deadline for processing by the University in order to be paid on time.
Continuing international students must update GLACIER paperwork if there is a change in status, such as changing from fellowship to an RA/TA.
International students will need to update GLACIER paperwork to reflect the change in status working as a graduate assistant and receiving wages. If your fellowship also pays a top-off stipend while on RA/TA, please be sure that GLACIER indicates a fellowship stipend as well as wages, or your top-off stipend will not disburse.
On-time Payment Instructions for PhD Funding
Your Research Assistantship (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) position will not only give you practical experience in your academic program, it also provides you with a source of income, as well as pays your tuition and health insurance fees.
To ensure a successful TA experience right from the start, all new TAs must attend a training program. In addition to online resources for new TAs, we offer a one-day training program at the beginning of each semester. It is the responsibility of the TA Coordinator or Graduate Advisor to register new TAs for this program. The training will consist of a day-long session at the Viterbi School of Engineering. You must attend the entire session before you will be allowed to begin your duties in the classroom. Lunch will be provided.
Next TA Training:
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Location: OHE 122