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Graduate Assistantships

Scholarships are not just for undergraduate students. Various teaching and researching assistantships are available for our graduate students as well.

Financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships is determined within each department or program. Contact the program you're interested in directly to ask questions and find out more information about specific financial aid available. There are several other opportunities for our graduate students to receive research funding including the following:



This National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program provides doctoral students at the University of South Carolina with the unique training to advance the science and engineering of nanomaterials for sustainable energy.


National GEM Consortium

The Graduate Education for Minorities, or GEM, Consortium offers doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed, are currently enrolled in a master's in engineering program, or received admittance into a Ph.D. program directly from a bachelor's degree program. To find out more about the GEM Fellowship, contact Mike Matthews, USC GEM representative and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education via email, or call 803-777-0556.


National Fellowships

The college and the university, as a whole, provide support for graduate students who wish to apply for prestigious national fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship. For more information on these opportunities, email the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Mike Matthews at or contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs.