USC Viterbi School of Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is pleased to offer several merit-based funding opportunities for students who demonstrate exemplary potential for success in advanced engineering studies.

All Dean’s Scholarship offers for fall 2018 applicants will be made by Friday, April 6


Dean’s Scholarships
Scholarship decisions are separate from Admit decisions.
  • Award Amount: $5000-$20,000
  • Eligibility: Open to international and U.S. students pursuing a Master’s degree full-time from the Viterbi School of Engineering on the USC campus
  • How to Apply: Submit the online Graduate Application for Admission and your scanned transcripts by August 31 for SPRING applicants and December 15 for FALL applicants. All other supplemental materials required for the program(s) to which you are applying, such as GRE and TOEFL scores and official, sealed transcripts must be submitted by the final application deadlines.
Chevron-USC Partnership Fellowships

Supporting the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s vision and commitment to creating sustainable energy supply systems, Chevron Corporation is awarding competitive fellowships to outstanding incoming Master’s students.

  • Award Amount: $25,000 (paid over multiple years) and continual contact with Chevron executives, with opportunities for future internships and employment
  • Eligibility:Must be a new or PDP (progressive degree program), full-time, residential (on-campus) Master’s student. Two scholarships awarded to students in the MS in Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technologies), and one to a student in either the MS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Materials Science or MS in Materials Engineering (two elective courses in Petroleum Engineering must be taken).
    Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories.
  • How to Apply: Submit the online Graduate Application for Admission (including the Supplemental scholarship form) and your scanned transcripts by December 15. All other supplemental materials required for the program(s) to which you are applying, such as GRE and TOEFL scores and official, sealed transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline of January 15.
  • Statement of Purpose may be required for students who are selected as finalists
Information Sciences Institute Summer Internship Program

ISI welcomes enthusiastic, qualified graduate students and highly talented undergraduates as paid interns in our Marina del Rey, California and Arlington, Virginia offices. Interns are able to join in groundbreaking research in lively, intellectually stimulating environs. They work on specific projects with our senior research leaders and their teams, have the opportunity to attend lectures and study groups, and may also mentor others.

  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Eligibility:Must be an on-campus, full-time student (U.S. citizen or International)
    Most internships are awarded to CS or EE majors, but students from other engineering disciplines may be considered if they are appropriate for a specific position
  • How to Apply: For more details and to apply, visit the ISI SIP page.
Ming Qu and Ying Wu Memorial Scholarship
  • Award Amount: $10,000 (amount to be applied toward current semester’s tuition and fees)
  • Eligibility: Viterbi Master’s student from mainland China with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above. Must be a Chinese citizen.
  • If selected, candidates may be requested to submit a resume/CV.
Xinran Ji Memorial Scholarship
  • Award Amount: $10,000 (The scholarship award may be renewable as long as the student satisfies the criteria articulated by the University.)
  • Eligibility: Must be Viterbi Master’s student. Preference will be given to students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above.
  • If selected, candidates may be requested to submit a resume/CV.
DEN@Viterbi Scholarship

The DEN@Viterbi Scholarship is a merit‐based scholarship for outstanding students pursuing a master’s program in Engineering or Computer Science. Scholarship recipients must pursue their entire program fully online via DEN@Viterbi and receive partial, or no, tuition reimbursement from their employer.

Application Deadline for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019: July 12, 2018

DEN@Viterbi Scholarship Application: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

25% Tuition Assistance for Chevron Employees

Academically qualified Chevron employees may earn 25% tuition assistance at USC when pursuing one of the following programs: MS in Petroleum Engineering, MS or Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technologies), MS in Petroleum Engineering (Geoscience Technologies), or a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering (Unconventional Resources). *25% of tuition only (does not cover books).

If awarded, 25% of the tuition will be covered by the USC Viterbi Petroleum Engineering Department and 75% covered by Chevron. Please be sure to review the flyer below and submit your application to be considered as awards are limited.

25% Tuition Assistance for Chevron Employees at USC Flyer

Viterbi Squared Program (only DEN@Viterbi alumni eligible)

Alumni of Viterbi Master’s programs earned via DEN@Viterbi who return to complete a second Master’s degree are eligible for this program which enables them to:

  • Waive the Graduate Application Fee
  • Waive the GRE requirement (we will use your previous scores)
  • Transfer one applicable course from your previous USC Master’s degree
  • By maintaining a 3.0 GPA throughout the program, students will be eligible for the Dean’s Alumni Fellowship of 3 units to be awarded their final semester

Please complete the Viterbi Squared Interest Form before submitting your application for admission or applying for Limited student status.

USC Academic & International Fellowships

Competitive international and national fellowships can be an incredible way to enhance your knowledge in your area of study, while also giving you a competitive edge on any graduate programs you may apply to in the future. Although there are numerous academic fellowships available, those described on the site are among the most recognized and substantial awards. Fellowships are available to support research, study at a foreign university, teach English, or take part in an internship abroad. We support a variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarship

The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) Scholarship Program was created to award scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern California. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal merit, demonstration of financial need and contributions made to Asian Pacific American communities.

Black Alumni Association Scholarship

Applicants for awards must be incoming freshman or continuing USC and/or transfer students. They must be planning to enroll in full-time, undergraduate or graduate courses of study. The minimum cumulative G.P.A. for this scholarship is 2.5. Applicants should exemplify commitment and identification with the African-American community. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic and personal merit and demonstrated involvement within the African-American community.

Lambda Gay & Lesbian Alumni Associate Scholarship

The USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association’s main purpose is to provide scholarships to incoming, undergraduate, and graduate USC students who show a commitment to the LGBT community, regardless of gender or sexual identity.

USC Latino Alumni Association

The scholarship is for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at USC who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latino/Hispanic community.

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni in Southern California International Scholarship Award

The Alpha Asso­ci­a­tion annu­ally spon­sors a schol­ar­ship pro­gram that includes both Inter­na­tional Schol­arships, awarded to deserv­ing for­eign stu­dents cur­rently engaged in grad­u­ate study in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and Grad­u­ate Study Awards, given to a recently ini­ti­ated mem­ber of each South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Phi Beta Kappa chap­ter who, in the opin­ion of the chap­ter, has achieved an impres­sive under­grad­u­ate record and is com­mit­ted to a grad­u­ate pro­gram.

Topping Scholarship

The purpose of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is to assist U.S. citizen/permanent resident students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the scholarship selection process. However, please note that the scholarship is not limited to these populations.

Town & Gown Scholarships

Town and Gown of USC is proud to offer over 175 merit based scholarships – totaling close to $1,300,000 – to deserving incoming freshmen and current undergraduate, and graduate students.

External Funding Sources

Pathways to Science Fellowship Listings

Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines.

Computing Research Association (CRA) Graduate Cohort for Women

At the Graduate Cohort Workshop, women graduate students in their first year of graduate school are welcomed into the community of computing researchers and professionals by providing them with a broad range of strategies and role models. Travel expenses, meals and lodging will be provided for students chosen to participate in this program.

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT) Scholarship

Scholarships for Mexican students who wish to pursue graduate studies in science and technology. Tuition for Master’s programs only in priority areas, up to an annual maximum of $ 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand pesos MN) or its equivalent in U.S. dollars. CONACyT awardees who have been offered admission to a Master of Science program in the Viterbi School of Engineering are eligible to receive an additional scholarship from the Viterbi School. Amount awarded will be a maximum of $5,000 USD per year, for two years.

Convocatoria Abierto 2016

USC is an accredited university for the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education’s Convocatoria Abierto 2016 scholarship in the areas of Information Technology & Communication and Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction. The scholarship is open to Ecuadorian citizens. Additional requirements and supporting documentation information is available at Convocatoria Abierto 2016 Requisitos. To apply, go to the online application. The application deadline is September 4, 2016.

Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) Scholarship

The purpose of the ESED scholarship is to support outstanding Master’s students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.

Esso Angolan Scholars Program

A competitive scholarship that provides funding for students from Angola to pursue a Master’s degree in the geosciences at a university in the U.S. or the U.K.

Fulbright Student Fellowships

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for Fulbright Student Fellowships for graduate study in the United States leading to a Master’s degree or a Ph.D.

GEM Minority Student Fellowships

The National GEM Consortium’s primary focus is to administer and award fellowships with paid internships to highly qualified under-represented students who wish to pursue graduate studies in engineering or science.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Open to female students enrolled in a Computer Science or Computer Engineering program

Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship

For Jewish scholars exhibiting financial need in the Los Angeles area.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Supports thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year.

P.E.O. Scholarships for California Women

P.E.O. is a philathropic organization for women founded in 1869 by seven young college women as one of the pioneer societies for women. Since then, the organization has grown across the United States and Canada, and assists thousands of women in realizing their educational dreams and goals.

National Science Foundation (NSF) – Graduate Research Fellowship

The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based Master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.

National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Fellowships

NWRI is offering a number of fellowships to graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) at U.S. universities conducting research in the areas of water resources, treatment and policy.

Science, Mathematics & Research Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

Open to US citizens in exchange for job placement with Department of Defense upon graduation. Full tuition and related education expenses covered.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowships

The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years, in the fields of engineering, math and science.

Non-USC International Student Funding Opportunities


    • Available to students in multiple countries
    • The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.
    • The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
    • The Fulbright Program for Foreign Students is administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies.

Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country.


Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT)

  • Available to Mexican citizens
  • Scholarships for Mexican students who wish to pursue graduate studies in science and technology
  • Tuition for Master only in priority areas, up to an annual maximum of $ 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand pesos MN) or its equivalent in US dollars
  • Frequently Asked Questions

National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)

  • Available to Chilean citizens
  • Goal: To help increase the number of researchers and professionals with high qualifications in all areas of knowledge for the development of Chile and its active participation in the globalized world.
  • Specifically for Master’s Scholarships Abroad for Professional Education

Vietnam Education Foundation

  • Available to Vietnamese citizens
  • The VEF Fellowship provides financial support, which is cost-shared by U.S. universities, for a graduate degree program in the United States in the fields of sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), engineering, mathematics, medicine (including public health), and technology (including information technology).
  • Final approval of all Fellowship candidates is made by the VEF Board of Directors.
  • FAQs

China Scholarship Council

  • Available to Chinese citizens
    The objective of the CSC is to provide financial assistance to Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad.
  • China Scholarship Council is financed mainly by the states’ special appropriations for scholarship programs. At the same time the CSC accepts donations from the personages, enterprises, social organizations and other organizations at home and abroad.

Program Global Education

  • Available to Russian citizens
  • Get up to 6 900 000 ₽ for tuition and accommodation expenses (depending on the educational program)
  • USC is on the list of approved schools
  • Registration

Organization of American States

  • Available to citizens of many Latin America and Caribbean countries
  • The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars.
  • By financing a portion of their studies in the United States, the Rowe Fund helps students complete their education while at the same time fostering cultural diversity, friendship, and communication among the people of the Americas. Rowe Fund loans include:
    • Deferred repayment while in school
    • No application or processing fees
    • Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round and at any time during the studies in the U.S.
    • Funding is sent directly to the student after approval
  • Loan application form and instructions