Usc Dissertation Fellowship

Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

At USC Rossier, we are committed to helping students identify resources to fund their education. Both general and program-specific scholarships are available. While students may be automatically considered for some USC scholarships upon application, some scholarships require their own separate application. Review the list below and consult your program admissions director about additional resources for which you may qualify. Additional scholarships are listed on the USC Rossier Online site.

USC Rossier*

Funding SourceCriteria OverviewDeadline MonthAmount
USC Rossier ScholarsCandidates are selected by USC Rossier faculty and staff from a competitive pool. Selection is based on a comprehensive review of the admission application materials and interview if applicable. In addition to academic merits, candidates are assessed on qualities aligned with the mission of USC Rossier School of Education.

A separate scholarship application is not necessary. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon admission. These scholarships are awarded upon admission and only available for incoming graduate or professional students for use in the current academic year.

Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed FellowshipNamed for a well-respected scholar and USC alumnus, the Buscaglia Fellowship is for qualified admitted MAT students who attended a Title I high school and plan to begin their teaching career in an urban school. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants to USC Rossier on-campus programs are eligible to apply. The scholarship application will be sent once the MAT program application is complete.MarchUp to $50,000

USC Scholarships*


Funding SourceCriteria OverviewDeadline MonthAmount
USC Asian Pacific Alumni AssociationThis scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal merit, demonstration of financial need and contributions made to Asian Pacific American communities.February$1,000 – $3,000
USC Black Alumni AssociationAwarded to USC students who exemplify a strong commitment to, sound identification with, and a long-standing history of demonstrating a contribution to the African-American community.February$1,000
USC Lambda Scholarship for Outstanding AchievementThis scholarship is awarded to incoming students who demonstrate academic achievement and a strong commitment to the LGBT community, regardless of gender or sexual identity.February$3,000
USC Latino Alumni AssociationThe scholarship is for students pursing Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at USC who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latino/Hispanic community.February$1,000 – $5,000
USC Student Affairs – Norman Topping Student Aid FundThis scholarship is for students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC.MayVaries
Town and Gown of USCBoth new and continuing students are eligible to apply for Town and Gown Scholarships. Students are not eligible for this scholarship if they are taking less than 6 units in each of the fall and spring semesters. Funding is not awarded for summer sessions.December$10,000

External Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships – All Programs

Funding SourceCriteria OverviewDeadline MonthAmount
Josephine De Karman Fellowship TrustTo graduate students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.January$22,000
DAR American IndianThis scholarship is awarded to Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.February$4,000
Hawaii Community FoundationVarious scholarships are available – create a profile to browse and apply.FebruaryVaries
Graduate Education Scholarship ProgramThis scholarship is awarded to full-time students pursuing graduate studies that lead to a professional career in the JCC Movement. Up to $10,000 per year awarded for a one or two-year period.February$10,000
Roothbert FundThe Fund awards grants to persons entering a wide range of careers. However, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education.February$2,000 – $3,000
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority StudentsThis fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color.November, March,
JVS Scholarship ProgramThis scholarship is awarded to qualified Jewish students with need-based financial aid whose primary residence is in Los Angeles.MarchVaries
HSF General CollegeThis scholarship is awarded to students of Hispanic heritage seeking a graduate degree.April$500 – $5000
The Karen D. Carsel MemorialOne scholarship of $500 awarded to a full-time graduate student.May$500
AIPC Harriet IrsayA scholarship awarded to graduate students of Polish heritageJune$1,000
Loretta KrauseA scholarship of $500 is awarded to a graduate student in the field of education.June$500
Korean American Scholarship FoundationThis scholarship is awarded to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals).JulyTBD
Best & Brightest Scholarship ProgramThis academic scholarship is awarded to aspiring undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in public service related fields.July$3,000
Fred ScheigertAwarding three (3) students an individual prize of $3000, this competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low visual acuity who meet academic guidelines.August$3,000
Apartment ListA $2,500 scholarship available to outstanding students (undergraduate and graduate) who exemplify one or more of Apartment List’s core values.Fall: September
Winter: December
LULF 2015Award scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to scholars pursuing academic excellence in higher education.October$500 – $1000
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in leaders committed to social entrpreneurship. During their first two years, an Echoing Green Fellow will participate in leadership development gatherings and will have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends.November$80,000/2 years
American Association University Women (AAUW)A variety of grants and fellowships for graduate women studentsVaries$6,000 – $30,000
Multiple OHAScholarships available to Native Hawaiians for higher education.TBAVaries
Point FoundationPoint Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.VariesSee website
Tillman ScholarThe Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education.TBAVaries: $15,000 average
United Negro College FundVarious scholarships and grants available for African-American StudentsVariesVaries

Marriage and Family Therapy

Scholarship NameInformationDeadline MonthAmount $500 Annual ScholarshipProvides financial assistance to students who are interested in pursuing master level degrees related to Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Psychology.April$500
Kelsey P. Dresser Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship was established in memory of Kelsey P. Dresser, a promising first-year Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) student who was dedicated to helping others. The scholarship is awarded to one MFT student each year, based on merit. The scholarship recipient will be notified upon admission; no application is necessary.TBD$15,000
The Violet and Cyril Franks ScholarshipThe Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarships promotes the application of psychology toward mitigation of the stigma of mental illness through support of promising graduate students whose work is consistent with this objective.May$5,000
Clinton E. Phillips ScholarshipOne-time award for licensed marriage and family therapists pursuing advanced training in an accredited or approved degree program in marriage or family therapy.December$4,000
Ronald D. Lunceford ScholarshipProvides financial assistance to a student from an underrepresented ethnic population for admission into an MA, MS, or Ph.D. program which will qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.December$4,000

Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs

Scholarship NameInformationDeadline MonthAmount
Arne Administrative ScholarshipProvides assistance to women interested in reaching the top of their field as an administrator.February$500
Lori Rhett Memorial ScholarshipThe Scholarship recognizes the achievements of undergraduate or graduate student leaders enrolled in colleges and universities located in the former NACA Pacific Northwest Region. The fund will provide one annual award.JuneTBD

Master of Arts in Teaching

Scholarship NameInformationDeadline MonthAmount
James Madison FellowshipFellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12).
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
KSTF Teaching FellowshipThe Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship is for applicants passionate about teaching high school science and/or mathematics in the United States.November
Teacher Programs FellowshipsNewberry Teacher Fellowships offer educators from the Chicago area the opportunity to curate digital collections and create teaching resources based on primary source research at the Newberry.TBA$1,000 stipend

Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL

Scholarship NameInformationDeadline MonthAmount
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Fellowships for thirty New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants) who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.November$25,000 stipend
50% of tuition

Doctoral Programs

Scholarship NameInformationDeadline MonthAmount
Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate StudentsInterns in this eight-week program participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor. Salary and housing allowance provided.February$6,000
$2,000 housing
Dissertation FellowshipsThese fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.February$20,000
Background of Doctoral Dissertation GrantsEach year applicants who have been advanced to candidacy in legitimate PhD or EdD programs are invited to submit proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs).April$5,000
Julia M. Duckwall Professional Development ScholarshipThree awards will be granted to support significant professional development activities.NovemberRegistration for PD conferences, courses
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for MinoritiesPredoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels:
  • Have demonstrated superior academic achievement.
  • Are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers.
  • Are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
November3 yrs of PhD support $24,000/yr
Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation ProgramUSIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.December$20,000
P.E.O. Scholar AwardsP.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.NovemberVaries: currently $15,000

Scholarship Search Engines

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*Notice to USC employees and family immediate members: If an applicant receives USC employee benefits, tuition awards, research assistantships or graduate employment through USC, or outside sources that, when combined with a scholarships award are greater than the amount of tuition, the recipient must forfeit part or all of the scholarship award, depending on the size of the other award(s). For more information on the education benefit please visit:

Fellowship Boot Camp

The Fellowship Boot Camp is a 10-day intensive writing workshop in which students complete an application for one of the following major national awards:

  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

While involved with the boot camp, participants receive a $1,000 stipend for housing and other expenses. Participants may also be eligible for a travel or research award of up to $1,000 if they submit a complete proposal to one of the identified fellowships. Boot camp attendees meet as a large group and in smaller, rotating fellowship-specific clusters. On most session days, lunch is provided for participants.

Graduates of the boot camp have enthusiastically endorsed the program:

  • The boot camp “definitely helped me gear my essay towards a larger audience, which is particularly important since the review panel for my discipline may include scholars from other fields”
  • “I loved it and felt like because of the difference in discipline everyone had a unique perspective and advice so each reviewer’s comment was different instead of getting the same feedback over and over again”
  • “The most important things I learned during the boot camp were about addressing the broader impacts criterion of the NSF GRFP. I feel much more confident now about telling a story relating my experiences to the evaluation criteria”

Applications, including a recent CV and a rough draft of a 2 or 3 page personal statement are due to the graduate school in early June.
The application is available here.

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