USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price Funding

Incoming Ph.D. students at USC are fully supported for four years through a graduate assistantship that provides tuition remission, a stipend for fall and spring semesters, year-round health and dental insurance, and payment of the university’s health center fee for fall and spring semester. The graduate assistantship provides an opportunity for students to work on teaching and collaborative research with one of our faculty members.

Students beyond their fourth year of study are often supported through teaching assistantships, research assistantships or a combination of funding sources from USC and/or outside sources.


There are a number of competitive graduate fellowships and scholarships awarded to Ph.D. students by USC and outside agencies. These awards include tuition remission and/or stipends.

USC Provost’s Fellowship Program

Ph.D. students who show extraordinary promise for a career in university research and teaching are recommended upon admission for the USC-wide Provost’s Fellowships and Provost’s Diversity Fellowships, the most prestigious USC awards offered to doctoral-level students. A faculty committee of internationally recognized scholars selects 100 outstanding Ph.D. students each year.

NOTE: The Provost’s Fellowship ensures four years of funding. Two years of funding is awarded by the university and USC Price will match this award with an additional two years of funding.

Other Endowed USC Fellowships and Scholarships

The USC Graduate School, which supports all Ph.D. students across USC, administers several endowed fellowships. The application deadline for the Graduate School Endowed Fellowship occurs each year during spring semester. A nomination from USC Price is required. Please visit The Graduate School website for a list of endowed fellowships.

The USC Graduate School also administers the following scholarships:

  • Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award
  • Dr. Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Scholarship

For the current deadlines and application procedures, please visit The Graduate School website.

External Fellowships

Current USC students are recipients of a wide variety of fellowships awarded by entities outside the University of Southern California.