Graduate School Fellowships for Advanced PhD Students 2016-2017

Kate Tegmeyer, Fellowship Assistant at the USC Graduate School, held two info sessions this week detailing our Fellowships for Advanced PhD Students.

These included: Endowed PhD Fellowships, Dissertation Completion Fellowships, Research Enhancement Fellowships, and Provost’s Mentored Teaching Fellowship.

In case you missed it, below is the handout from her presentation with all the information you need! You can also reach Kate at if you have any questions.

Advanced Fellowship Info Session Handout 2016


Info Session Info Session

We Want You to Help Us “Deck the Halls”! Send Us Your Submission!

We want these walls to show off USC graduate student research!

The USC Graduate School has reserved these walls to show off YOUR research!

The USC Graduate School has moved to STU 301 and finds itself with a little problem…the walls are too bare! So we’re enlisting the help of USC graduate students to “Deck the Halls”! We want our new office space to proudly display your PhD research.

It can be in any visual format! Data visualizations, paintings, photographs, graphics, textiles, or other contributions that reflect the interests and research pursuits of our USC graduate students are all welcome, so get creative!

Within reason, the Graduate School will be covering the cost of professionally printing and mounting works selected for display. Those selected will be invited to an open house early next semester, so don’t miss out on the fun! The work will be featured for up to one year, then returned to the student no later than December 2016.

To be considered, please submit a copy (or draft) of the proposed work via email to by January 15, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed the following week and final selections will be made by the end of January.

We look forward to your submissions!

The USC Graduate School's hallways are bare

Your work could be up on these walls for everyone to see!

NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute

An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Applicants must:

  1. be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  2. be enrolled in a research-oriented Master’s or Ph.D. degree program, and, if enrolled in a joint Bachelor/Master’s program, have graduated from the undergraduate degree portion of the program;
  3. be enrolled at a U.S. institution located in the United States; and
  4. propose a research project in a field of science, engineering, or science education supported by the National Science Foundation

More information is available here:

Contact for information or guidance about fellowships 

NSF EAPSI Program Solicitation

2015 Helpful Tips for EAPSI Applicants

DOD NDSEG Fellowship Info Sessions for Students and Faculty

Next week the Graduate School will be hosting Rachel Levitin, the Program Manager for the DOD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships.

The Graduate School has organized two events on Wednesday, October 15. The first, at 10:00am in TCC 301 is for faculty and staff, the second at 2:00pm in TCC 227 is for students.

Invitation Faculty Info Session PDF

Invitation Student Info Session PDF

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program is open to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Students must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying. The NDSEG funds applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines:


Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, Physics

The NDSEG Fellowship Application site is now open ( The deadline to submit is December 12, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. EST.

UPDATE: Submission Deadlines and Meeting Times for One-On-One Fellowship Proposal Reviews!

Hello all, this weekend is proposal writing time!

Per previous emails, the grad school will be hosting proposal review sessions during the last week of September.  To be considered for one of these sessions, please email a draft of your proposal by the date specified below to

For example, if you are applying to the Soros or Ford Foundation, please send a draft by Tuesday, September 23.  If you are applying for the SSRC DPDF, SSRC IDRF or Mellon ACLS or Mellon CLIR, please submit your proposal on Thursday, September 25.  We know these dates are early – but trust us, you really do want to have plenty of time to edit (and chase down letters of rec).

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Get one-on-one review of your fellowship application!

The graduate school is currently planning a number of faculty led proposal review clinics for PhD students who will be submitting applications this year for external fellowships. Students will submit a proposal draft to the graduate school. The draft will be read by a small group of faculty. Each student will then meet individually with at least two faculty for about 30 minutes to discuss the draft.

More information is on the way, but please save the following dates:

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The Center for Applied Mathematical Science (CAMS) Graduate Student Prize

University of Southern California

for Excellence in Research with a Substantial Mathematical Component
The $1000 Prize Will Be Awarded Annually

ELIGIBILITY: Any graduate student at USC who is expected to receive a Ph.D. degree between May 2014 and August 2015 inclusive is eligible.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES: Nominations for the CAMS Prize should include a nominating letter from the student’s dissertation committee chair, the nominee’s C.V. and a statement of 3 pages or less by the nominee describing his or her research in a way that is accessible to non-experts.  Reprints, preprints and a further faculty letter of support are not required, but may be included in the supporting material.

SELECTION COMMITTEE: The prize winner will be selected by the Board of Directors of The Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences.
Susan Friedlander: Professor of Mathematics and Director of CAMS
Solomon Golomb: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics
Shanghua Teng: Professor of Computer Science
Michael Waterman: Professor of Computational Biology and Mathematics

DEADLINE: Nominations are due Friday, March 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Please direct nominations to the Director of CAMS and send material to:

Adriana Cisneros
Department of Mathematics
KAP 104B, MC 2532

The prize will be announced and awarded in April 2014
The names and departments of former Prize winners can be seen at