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Graduate Top-off Fellowship

Deadlines: March 3. (In the event that a deadline falls upon a weekend or a university holiday, that deadline will move to the first workday following the posted date.)

Award Amount: Top-off awards of $5,000/year for 2 years.

Directions: Department Chairs should submit application materials electronically in digital form to the WiSE program office at

Graduate Top-Off Fellowship funds are available to facilitate the recruitment of outstanding doctoral students to USC. The funds provide four incoming Ph.D. students in WiSE-eligible departments in the USC Dornsife College and four incoming Ph.D. students in the Viterbi School of Engineering with a WiSE Fellowship to supplement their financial support packages. Each WiSE Fellowship will carry a stipend of $5,000 and may be renewed for a second year pending satisfactory progress verified by the faculty advisor.

Each department may nominate candidates based on the size of the department or section’s PhD Program, as follows:

  • departments/sections with 1-75 students: max of 1 nomination
  • departments/sections with 76-175 students: max of 2 nominations
  • departments/sections with > 175 students: max of 3 nominations

Departments with more than one nomination should rank the nominees. Nominations and supporting documentation should be submitted electronically.