University of South Carolina

College of Nursing offers new scholarships

By Jeff Stensland,, 803-777-3686

The University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing is working to recruit the next generation of faculty by offering an array of new scholarships for students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees.

While students with nursing degrees traditionally choose to practice in a hospital or physician’s office, today’s changing health care landscape offers new opportunities for nurse scientists. From improving patient safety, streamlining health care delivery models and minimizing health disparities, nursing research is taking on an increasing role in the medical field, said College of Nursing Dean Jeannette Andrews.

“These new fellowship and scholarship opportunities will provide opportunities for the best and brightest nurse scholars to attend our program,” Andrews said.

The goal of the scholarships program is create a pipeline of five to 10 doctoral candidates per year. The deadline for applying for the scholarships is Friday, March 15. They include:

Dean's Doctoral Fellowship Award: These merit-based fellowships will be awarded annually to one to three newly admitted full-time doctoral students. The awards provide up to $15,000 a year for tuition and fees, plus a stipend, for a maximum of two years. Recipients would serve as a graduate research assistant with a funded faculty member for 20 hours a week.

Dean's Ph.D. Scholarship Award: Annual scholarships will be awarded to one to three newly admitted full or part-time doctoral students and will provide up to $15,000 for tuition and fees for a maximum of two years. Candidates must agree to work as a graduate research assistant for a funded faculty member or teaching assistant in a graduate course for a minimum of 30 hours a semester.

Nursing Faculty Doctoral Fellowships: These fellowships are for two full-time doctoral students. These awards are for doctoral students interested in pursuing research in health disparities and health systems. Full or partial tuition support and a stipend will be available for one year. Applicants must agree to work as a graduate research assistant for 10-20 hours with a funded faculty research mentor.

For additional eligibility criteria for these and other scholarships, visit:

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Posted: 03/05/13 @ 10:30 PM | Updated: 03/15/13 @ 4:33 PM | Permalink