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College of Nursing


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.)

Financial Aid

Many sources of funding are available to students pursuing a PhD degree in Nursing, including university and private scholarships, government agency traineeships, federal loans, and professional association scholarships.

College of Nursing and University Scholarships and Fellowships

Merit-based funding available to College of Nursing PhD students includes fellowships for full-time students and scholarships for full-time and part-time students.

Dean's Doctoral Fellowship Award

The merit-based fellowships are awarded annually to 1-3 newly admitted full-time PhD students. The Dean's Doctoral Fellowship provides up to $15,000 per year for tuition and fees, plus a stipend, for a maximum of two years. Eligibility criteria:

  • Commit to full-time study (9 credits in both Fall and Spring terms) and to completing the PhD core requirement in two years
  • Serve as a Graduate Research Assistant with a funded faculty member for 20 hours per week in the Fall and Spring terms, in exchange for a stipend
  • Renewal for second year support will require satisfactory academic progression, faculty recommendation, and application for an external fellowship with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), or similar funding agency. 

Dean's PhD Scholarship Award

Annual Scholarships will be awarded to 1-3 newly admitted PhD students. The Dean's PhD Scholarship provides up to $15,000 for tuition and fees for a maximum of two years. Eligibility criteria:

  • Agree to work as a Graduate Research Assistant for a funded faculty member or serve as an instructional/teaching assistant in a graduate course for a minimum of 30 hours per semester
  • Preference will be given to full-time students, but part-time students will also be considered. Awards granted annually, with the opportunity to reapply for a second year 

As graduate research assistants, opportunities permit collaboration on interdisciplinary research teams under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty scholars. More information is available from the PhD Program Office in the College of Nursing/ Williams-Brice Building Room 305.  A list of aid offered by the College of Nursing is available on the Graduate Scholarships page.

College of Nursing Endowed Scholarships

More information is available on the Graduate Scholarships page. 

The University of South Carolina Graduate School offers a variety of funding sources. The USC Presidential Fellowship Program is the most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. In addition, The Graduate School coordinates competitive travel grants and research fellowships for graduate students to disseminate their research at professional meetings. Funding is detailed on The Graduate School website.

Federal Fellowships, Traineeships, Grants and Loans

Federal agencies such as the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide grants, scholarships and traineeships for qualified students.

Several loan programs, including the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and National Health Service Corps offer loan repayment or forgiveness for graduates pursuing academic careers.