Wrigley Institute Graduate Fellowship

Funding to Advance Your Research

Our primary fellowship program provides support for Ph.D. students who are conducting research on environment or sustainability themes or at the intersection of environment and society.

For more information about fellowships, contact Dr. Jessica Dutton, Wrigley Institute Executive Director.

Applications for the 2024 cohort are closed.

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The Wrigley Institute Graduate Fellowship (for USC Dornsife students)

Promoting research and leadership in our graduate student community is central to the mission of the Wrigley Institute. This fellowship is open to Ph.D. students from any USC Dornsife department and includes cohort leadership and networking activities throughout the spring semester, plus a summer stipend to advance each student’s research.

Fellows must be in residence at USC’s UPC campus in downtown Los Angeles during the Spring 2024 semester to participate in cohort activities. Summer 2024 research may take place wherever needed: on the UPC campus, at our Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, or in the field.

During the spring, participants meet monthly to network and build professional skills for academic leadership, policy making, private sector engagement, communication and storytelling, inclusive mentoring, successful grant writing, and preparing for diverse job markets. Fellows who successfully complete the spring program receive a $6,000 summer stipend.

Applications for the 2024 cohort are now closed. You may download the 2024 RFP below to learn more about the requirements and selection criteria for the fellowship.

Wrigley Institute Graduate Fellows are generously funded through the USC Dornsife Wrigley Institute Graduate Fellowship, the Victoria J. Bertics Graduate Fellowship Fund, and the Diane Sonosky Montgomery and Jerol Sonosky Graduate Fellowship for Environmental Sustainability Research.

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Visiting Graduate Research Fellowships (for non-USC students)

The Wrigley Institute also supports non-USC summer Visiting Graduate Researchers at WMSC on Catalina Island. Prospects may apply to waive the cost of housing and waterfront fees at WMSC for up to three months during the period from June through September. Visiting Graduate Researchers are provided full waterfront privileges and shared lab space, and live in shared housing with kitchen facilities. If you would like to apply for one of these fellowships, contact Dr. Jessica Dutton, Wrigley Institute Executive Director.

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