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College of Nursing

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

Financial Aid

Full Funding of tuition and fees is guaranteed for a least the first two years of the program.  This funding may be applied towards tuition and fees. 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. Initiatives offer PhD students significant financial aid, in addition to professional development opportunities as research assistants collaborating on interdisciplinary research teams under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty scholars.


PhD students have the opportunity to work for the College of Nursing as Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Instructional Assistants. Hours and compensation may vary by type of position.

  • Graduate Research Assistants support a faculty member with funded research.  Opportunities may also include collaboration on interdisciplinary research teams under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty scholars.
  • Graduate Assistants support faculty or administrative offices, with the nature of the work is contingent upon the position and the needs of the College.
  • Instructional Assistants support the faculty instructor(s) with duties related to teaching with duties related to teaching in a graduate-level course.
  • Available to both full-time and part-time students.

More information is available from the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing/ Williams-Brice Building Room 208. 

College of Nursing Endowed Scholarships

Full-time nursing graduate students (enrolled in 9 credits per term) are eligible to apply and be considered for multiple scholarships coordinated through a single application process.

A list of aid offered by the College of Nursing is available on the the Graduate Scholarships page.

University of South Carolina Financial Opportunities

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 other funding 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.

*Additional scholarship and funding opportunities will be shared as they become available.*