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Department of Psychology INTERNAL

School Program Awards and Fellowships

Departmental Awards
Laura Griffin Student Development Fund
The Department has a student development fund established in honor of Laura Griffin, a prior student. The purpose of this fund is to help support the following: research conducted by the students; student's travel when presenting the student's own research at conferences; special educational opportunities; and publication costs for the student's published articles. An application form is now available on-line.

Ralph H. Tindall Fellowship
The Department has an endowed award used to support students over the summer while working to complete the dissertation. An announcement calling for applications for the award is made by e-mail each spring via the department's graduate student listserv. Click here to view the latest announcement for the Tindall Fellowship.

Student Loans from Emergency Fund
The Department currently is receiving regular anonymous donations earmarked specifically for emergency loans to graduate student. Two loan categories have been established. "Short-term" loans will be made to students for a period not to exceed 60 days. These loans will be of $50 or less. "Long-term" loans will be made for periods exceeding 60 days. These loans will be of $400 or less and will be made at a yearly interest rate of 4%. Please contact Dr. Bret Kloos for more information.

Graduate School Fellowships and Awards
The USC Graduate School has a limited number of competitive and renewable awards for graduate students in our program. Nominations for these fellowships are made by the graduate program. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website at:

Graduate School Summer Dissertation Fellowships
The Graduate School awards a limited number of Summer Dissertation Fellowships to students in the final phases of completion of the dissertation, but the student must have no other support for that period of time to be eligible.

Graduate Student Travel Awards
There are two main sources of funding for student travel in the Department--1) Graduate School and 2) Department of Psychology

Graduate school
For information on eligibility, restrictions, and how to apply for funding, visit:

Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology will support two trips per year; if the travel does not involve airfare, $250 per trip; if the travel involves airfare, $500 per trip. However, the department requests that you use the graduate school awards first. Any trips beyond two per year, or higher than those limits, should be paid for by the student or by requesting special consideration. These trips should be for advancing the academic and scholarly mission of the department (e.g., paper presentations, conference presentations, etc.).

To request money, do three things: 1—use the graduate school award first. 2—if you do not get a GS award, send the Psychology Graduate Coordinator an email ( explaining your trip. Please include the dates and purpose of the conference, the role you will play (present paper; Presidential address), and how this furthers the strategic goals of the department. 3—The Graduate Student Coordinator will send you an email with approval or disapproval. If the trip is approved, then you should fill out the department Travel Authorization form and give the form to the coordinator for a signature. A TA form must be completed and filed PRIOR to the departure date or reimbursement of expenses will not be approved. Original receipts must be submitted for reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses, registration fees, and parking. Receipts for meals are unnecessary since meals are reimbursed on a per diem basis. Reimbursement must be consistent with university guidelines.