MEB Financial Aid

It is the policy of the Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography Graduate Program to provide support for all students throughout their graduate career. These awards are teaching and research assistantships (TA/RA), baseline fellowships (min. $23,000/year), and Provost's Fellowships (up to $32,000/year). There is no separate application. Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid from appropriate federal agencies or other sources of aid for graduate study. U.S. citizens requesting additional need-based financial aid should complete that portion of the application.

Teaching and research assistantships provide full tuition remission, payment of student health center fee and student health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses for the academic year. TAs split their time between specific teaching duties as determined by the department and their laboratory work. The amount of time devoted to teaching duties is no more than 20 hours per week. RAs devote most of their time in research leading to their dissertations.

Continuing support from available RAships and TAships beyond the first year is contingent on the student maintaining the academic standards required by the program (not least of which is a 3.0 GPA).

Students generally obtain RAships support during the three summer months. TAships are limited during this period. Students should make arrangements with a faculty advisor during their first year to provide for this. This arrangement is usually not a problem.

The university offers several awards open to all departments. The department nominates exceptional candidates for these awards, which carry additional stipends and, in some cases, funding of research-oriented travel and supplies.

In addition, Sustainable Cities Program (SCP) is a cross-disciplinary university-wide program offering fellowship opportunities for doctoral students. A number of biological sciences faculty participate in the program, which involves public policy, technology and the environment, and has a strong marine ecology thread within its research projects.

Mailing Address

Adolfo dela Rosa
Student Services Advisor,
Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Pkwy.
AHF 107
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371


Phone: 213.821.3164
Fax: 213.740.1380

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371