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Ph.D. Fellowships

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 15 of the year preceding the Fall term to which they are applying.

Fellowships are awarded based on exceptional merit and may consist of one of the following:


Viterbi Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship

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. Viterbi Dean's Doctoral Fellows receive a stipend in the first year, and, in years two, three and four, they will hold teaching and/or research assistantships and receive an additional top off stipend.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering/Chevron Corporation University Partnership Program (USC-CVX UPP) Ph.D. Fellowship in Energy Resources

Select Viterbi Ph.D. applicants whose research areas are related to energy sources will be considered. Nominations are solicited from Viterbi academic departments, so no additional application is required. The fellowship provides two years of fellowship support including tuition, health care package and a stipend for living expenses.

Graduate School Fellowships

These fellowships include an annual stipend, tuition for full-time enrollment, and some mandatory fees. This includes the Orientation fee, the student programming fee, the student services fee, and Norman H. Topping Student Aid. Lab fees or other fees associated with coursework are not covered by the fellowship. All fellowship awards will be credited directly to the student's account. Please view the links below for more information.

Graduate School Fellowships (includes, Annenberg, Provost and Rose Hills).
Graduate School Advanced Fellowships

Other Fellowship Resources

Fellowship FAQ

External Fellowships for Study and Research in the United States

External Fellowships Held by Current Viterbi Students

Searchable Fellowship Database

Fellowships for Under-represented Students

National Fellowships and Scholarships (Printable List)

Did you apply for a nationally competitive fellowship this year? If so, we'd like to hear from you! Please visit Nationally Competitive Fellowship Applications to provide more information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your funding, please contact Tracy Charles ( or Jennifer Gerson ( in the GAPP Office.