- Be a graduating SIR senior or recent SIR graduate (applying within 5 years of graduation date) who has applied for admission to graduate and/or professional schools.
- Have applied for graduate and/or professional school program(s).
- Be able to demonstrate that his or her "financial status" is such that this fellowship would help remove a final impediment the applicant's desire to pursue an advanced degree.
- Have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and service while at USC and/or outside the university setting.
Awards consideration will be given only to those applying for and entering their first year of graduate/law studies; those already in graduate/law school need not apply.