Every Ph.D. applicant is automatically considered for assistantships and fellowships that cover full tuition and a living stipend. In 2008-2009 the School supported 113 full fellowships, 162 teaching assistantships and 384 research assistantships.
Fellowships are awarded based on exceptional merit and consist of the following:
• The USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Program
• The Provost’s Graduate Fellowship Program
• The Viterbi Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship Program- The Viterbi School provides fellowships to gifted doctoral students in all fields of engineering. The selection process emphasizes superior academic record, demonstrated research experience and potential for completing the independent, original, scholarly research in his or her chosen field that is expected of every Ph.D. student.
All Fellows receive full tuition and payment of health and dental insurance year-round. Annenberg and Provost’s Fellows receive $30,000 toward living expenses for four years, including at least two years in the form of Fellowship and the remaining two years consisting of teaching and/or research assistantships with a supplemental stipend. Viterbi Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 in the first year, and, in years two, three and four, they will hold teaching and/or research assistantships and receive an additional $5000 top-off stipend.
Teaching and Research Assistantships provide full tuition, payment of health benefits and a stipend.
Eligibility and Deadlines:
Applicants to PhD 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 1 of the year preceding the Fall term to which they are applying.