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College of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.)

Financial Aid

Many sources of funding are available to students pursuing a PhD degree in Nursing, including university and private scholarships, government agency traineeships, federal loans, and professional association scholarships.

College of Nursing and University Scholarships and Fellowships

Merit-based funding available to College of Nursing PhD students includes fellowships for full-time students and scholarships for full-time and part-time students.

Future of Nursing Scholars

Provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhD in three years. The College of Nursing will select two students admitted for Fall 2018 to receive this prestigious scholarship. More information here.  


  • PhD students have the opportunity to work for the College of Nursing as Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Instructional Assistants. Hours and compensation may vary by type of position.
  • Graduate Research Assistants support a faculty member with funded research.  Opportunities may also include collaboration on interdisciplinary research teams under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty scholars.
  • Graduate Assistants support faculty or administrative offices, with the nature of the work is contingent upon the needs of the College.
  • Instructional Assistants support the faculty instructor(s) in a graduate course for a minimum of 10 hours per week during the semester.
  • Available to both full-time and part-time students.

More information is available from the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing/ Williams-Brice Building Room 208.  A list of aid offered by the College of Nursing is available on the the Graduate Scholarships page.

College of Nursing Endowed Scholarships

More information is available on the Graduate Scholarships page. 

The University of South Carolina Graduate School offers a variety of funding sources. The USC Presidential Fellowship Program is the most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. In addition, The Graduate School coordinates competitive travel grants and other funding to disseminate their research at professional meetings. Funding is detailed on The Graduate School website.

Federal Fellowships, Traineeships, Grants and Loans

Federal agencies such as the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide grants, scholarships and traineeships for qualified students.

Several loan programs, including the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and National Health Service Corps offer loan repayment or forgiveness for graduates pursuing academic careers.