Financial Aid Sources



The Graduate School, recognizes that a diverse student body and faculty strengthen the University’s educational environment and enhances students’ preparation for scholarship, teaching and professional careers in today’s multicultural world. The opportunities listed below are but a few external competitions developed to support students of color at the graduate level. All questions should be directed to the funding agencies. Please be aware that most awards are given to incoming Ph.D. students and have submission deadlines from 6 months to one year before being awarded. Please note that additional funding opportunities for under-represented graduate students can be found under USC SOURCES.

USC is a member of the NATIONAL PHYSICAL SCIENCES CONSORTIUM that offers an exciting fellowship program to women and minorities in Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics. Each fellowship, worth at least $150,000, includes tuition costs, a substantial stipend, summer employment, mentors, presenting and networking at national meetings and a long-term commitment of up to 6 years. Applications are due in early November and are available from NPSC at (800) 952-4118 or the Graduate School.


FORGIVABLE LOAN/DOCTORAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM for minorities, women and persons with disabilities offers up to $30,000 in loans for full-time students pursuing doctoral degrees at various universities (including USC) who are interested in a faculty career at a CSU campus. After completion of the doctoral program, 20% of the loan is forgiven for each year of full-time faculty service at a CSU campus. Call (562) 985-2692 for information. DEADLINE IN EARLY SPRING.


GEM FELLOWSHIPS provide tuition funding and are available to ethnic minorities who wish to pursue the master's or doctoral degree in engineering. Doctoral students in the physical and life sciences are also eligible. For an application, please write to the GEM Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 537, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or contact Margie Berti in Engineering at 740-6241. Website info:


CONSORTIUM FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN MANAGEMENT provides 2 years of funding for minority students pursuing the master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at USC. Contact the Consortium at (314) 935-6364. DEADLINE: February 1st.


APA MINORITY FELLOWSHIP provides three years of funding to minority students who are U.S. citizens pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology or neuroscience. Call the APA at (202) 336-6027 or contact their website at


AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION funds Latino graduate students. Call APSA at (202) 483-2512 or contact their website at


THE FORD FOUNDATION DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS supports Ph.D students who are planning a career in teaching and research at the college or University level. A PDF version of the fellowship flyer can be downloaded here. For more information, please check their website at


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS provides funding for three years for those in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and in some humanities programs. The award includes a stipend of $14,000 plus full tuition. There is a special competition for minorities and women. Applications available from NSF/ORAU at (423) 483-3344, via e-mail nsfgrfp@, or from the Graduate School. The deadline is in early November. For more information contact their website at



Graduate and undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Hispanic parentage are eligible for awards up to $1,000. For information contact the NHSF at (415) 445-9930 or



Any Latino student who is a permanent resident of the greater Los Angeles area may apply for a TELACU Scholarship. Awards range from $500 for a general scholarship to $10,000 for the Alatorre Fellowship for students in Law or Public Administration. Contact the TELACU Scholarship Office at (213) 721-1655


Graduate students entering a Ph.D. program in scientific, technical and business-related fields are eligible for the NCEA FACULTY DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. This program provides a stipend of $3,000 for three years and additional support through mentor relationships and networking. Applications are available from NCEA at (404) 894-2389. Deadline: December 1st


CHCI's NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE provides Hispanic students with a free, personalized fellowship search. For information call (800)392-3532. CHCI also publishes the "Educational Quarterly" newsletter. To receive a free copy, send your name and address to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 504 C Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002.


MOLIS (Minority On-Line Information Services) is a dial-up, on-line service providing access to databases containing information on research centers, pre-college and education programs, and scholarships available to minority students. To access MOLIS via Internet type To access MOLIS via modem dial (800) 232-4879. Contact the helpline at (301) 975-0103 from 9am-5pm(EST).


PROJECT 1000 was created as an initiative to recruit and retain Hispanic students in graduate programs in which the GRE is used as one criterion for admission. U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Latin American Hispanic ethnic origin are eligible to apply. Project 1000 will mail one application packet to up to seven participating universities of the student's choice free of charge. GRE Fee waivers are also available. For more information please call (800) 327-4893 or contact website at


USC is a member of the WESTERN NAME EXCHANGE. This consortium of 30 universities seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in graduate study. Each school identifies the names of their own minority undergraduate students and exchanges them with other member institutions for use in their graduate recruitment efforts. An invitation to participate is mailed to all minority juniors with a GPA over 2.8 each year. For more information contact: The Graduate School, GFS 315


VISTA HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE provides information on scholarships available to Hispanic students. For a free copy please call the Chrysler Corporation/ Vista Hispanic Scholarship Guide at (800) 521-0953.


3601 Watt Way, GFS-315 Los Angeles, CA 90089-1695 Tel: (213) 740-9033 / Fax:(213) 740-9048 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m-5.00 p.m