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New fellowships and scholarships for Ph.D. students

The College of Nursing is pleased to announce new merit-based funding for students entering the Ph.D. in Nursing Science in Fall 2013. Three new initiatives offer Ph.D. students significant financial aid in addition to professional development opportunities, such as collaboration on interdisciplinary research teams under internationally recognized faculty scholars.  Interested in applying?  Fill out the application here.

“Growing and resourcing the PhD in Nursing program will be a primary focus in my new Deanship at the University of South Carolina. These new fellowship and scholarship opportunities will provide opportunities for the best and brightest nurse scholars to attend our program”, said Dr. Jeannette Andrews, College of Nursing Dean.

With the era of health care reform, economic uncertainty, increasing consumer expectations, and an aging nursing workforce and faculty, there is a huge demand for a new generation of nurse scientists. High quality, safe and cost-effective health delivery models with patient preferred outcomes are sorely needed and nurse scientists can be at the forefront of new discoveries and innovative implementation models.

The University of South Carolina PhD in Nursing Program aims to be a small program (e.g., 5-10 students new students per year) with high faculty to student ratios, as well as rich scholarly resources throughout our comprehensive university, including renowned Schools of Public Health, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Social Work, Pharmacy, Business, and others. 

Dean's Doctoral Fellowship Award

These merit-based fellowships will be awarded annually to one to three newly admitted full-time Ph.D. students. The awards provide up to $15,000 a 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 Ph.D. core requirement in two years
  • Serve as a graduate research assistant with a funded faculty member for 20 hours a 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 Ph.D. Scholarship Award

Annual scholarships will be awarded to one to three newly admitted Ph.D. students and will provide 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 teaching assistant in a graduate course for a minimum of 30 hours a semester
  • Preference will be given to full-time students, but part-time students also will be considered. Awards granted annually, with the opportunity to reapply for a second year

Nursing Faculty Doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships for two full-time Ph.D. students will be available in the 2013-14 academic year. These awards are for Ph.D. students interested in pursuing a program of research aligned with College of Nursing core research emphasis areas 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.

Several other scholarships are available for eligible Ph.D. students through the College of Nursing.  This information is available at the Graduate Nursing Scholarships page.

For more information about these awards, contact the Ph.D. Program Office.
Ph.D. Program Office
College of Nursing, University of South Carolina
Williams-Brice Building, Room 305
Columbia, S.C.  29208
803-777-0290