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National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Graduate Students

Pursuing a national fellowship is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have at USC. Our graduate students consistently win major external fellowships like Fulbright, NIH F31, NSF GRFP, DAAD, Boren and Critical Language awards. Reach out to us today to learn how you can become part of this tradition of success! 


  • National fellowships can help fund your research and studies​.
  • The process helps you prepare for dissertation and thesis proposals​.
  • You'll gain professionalization experience for faculty and research careers​.
  • You'll build relationships with faculty and key funding agencies.
  • Through the process, you'll receive valuable peer-review feedback. 


  • Our team helps graduate students find external funding for graduate school, research, language study, field work and more​.
  • You'll gain access to advice and resources on writing effective fellowship proposals.
  • You'll also receive personal advising and feedback on proposal drafts​. 


  • USC graduate students at any stage in all disciplines and programs who want to apply for an external fellowship or grant.
  • Student organizations, university offices and departments interested in workshops and presentations for their graduate students.


At USC, we have a team dedicated to guiding students through the national fellowships process. We’d love to meet you and help you get started!

  1. Check out all the offerings in our database of competitions and deadlines to find a fellowship (or more!) that interest you.
  2. Check to see if we have any upcoming workshops on fellowships of interest, and plan to attend.
  3. Make an appointment with our fellowships advisor for graduate students to meet one-on-one to talk about your fellowship interests and how we can guide you in the process! 
  4. Create your Candidate Profile before your appointment, so we can learn a little bit about you and what you want to talk with us about.
  5. Get in touch with a Graduate Fellowship Peer Mentor to learn about their experience applying for an external fellowship at USC.

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