Honor With Impact
Each year, the Viterbi School names a small number of our top students as Viterbi Undergraduate Fellows. The Viterbi Fellows are a small group (typically 10% of our incoming class) of some of our brightest incoming undergraduate students. Viterbi Fellows receive priority consideration for special opportunities and programs in the Viterbi School, an additional monetary stipend for each year of undergraduate study, a $10,000 Progressive Degree Program scholarship for your fifth year toward graduate education, and a number of other special benefits.
The program focuses on creating a unique combination of opportunities and experiences, academic and co-curricular, for a unique group of future leaders who want to make an impact on our community and the world as a whole. Fellows are not separated into different classes, or live in different dorms like other honors programs at other universities. We do not believe in segregating you from your peers.
Fellows take advantage of the Viterbi community by building their path to leadership and impact with support from day one. The staff and faculty of the Viterbi school recognize their potential and create pathways and opportunities for the Fellows to maximize their potential by engaging in what they want.
Being a Viterbi Fellow is not only a privilege, but also a commitment. We rely on Fellows to be leaders and trustworthy citizens of the school. With these added opportunities and experiences given to Fellows, we will call upon them to shape future decisions of the school, for outreach efforts in our community, and relying on them to drive the future experiences of their peers.
You Are Going to Make Viterbi Better
Fellows' Benefits & Opportunities
Viterbi Fellows benefits may change from year-to-year for each incoming class. Fellows are guaranteed the benefits named to them in their particular entering year for their subsequent years of undergraduate study.
Progressive Degree Scholarship
Viterbi Fellows can pursue their Masters Degree in reduced time, and with financial support.
Your education will likely not end with the next 4 years. If you are, or ever become interested in pursuing a Masters Degree, we are here to support you (and make it a bit easier)!
The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) provides continuing USC undergraduates an accelerated path to earning a BS and MS degree from USC in reduced time, typically five years. PDP students have the option to start graduate-level classes during their senior year and reduce by up to 1/3 of the total units required for the Master’s Degree.
Upon admission to the Progressive Degree Program, Viterbi Fellows (beginning with the incoming class of 2022) receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used for one additional year of graduate-level study toward completion of their Masters Degree via PDP.
A few of your PDP Predecessors:
The Monetary Stipend
Viterbi Fellows can do more, without worry.
Stipends can be used to cover any other expenses you incur such as:
Priority & Special Access
Viterbi Fellows are positioned to take advantage of their momentum from high school and expand their horizons to great dimensions
Dinner with the Dean
Dinner with the Dean and Faculty are currently slated for the fall semester where you can create closer bonds with those who teach your classes and conduct research. Each semester the Viterbi School hosts speakers from around academia and industry, where Fellows will meet and learn from these innovative leaders in their respective fields.
Dining with our faculty allows you to create closer bonds with those who teach your classes and conduct research.
Undergraduate Research via CURVE
Viterbi Fellows are supported to conduct undergraduate research with priority consideration in applying through the Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE). CURVE provides a centralized resource for undergraduate students to explore research opportunities in Viterbi early on in their undergraduate career. The goals of CURVE are to engage Viterbi students in research and mentoring communities, prepare students with skills to access the field of engineering or computer science, and provide students funding.
CURVE matches Viterbi undergraduate students with research labs. Students will be given the opportunity to gain experience on a faculty-led research project. All CURVE fellows will be provided with a stipend to aid students in the pursuit of research.
Each semester we hold special events just for fellows such as industry tours and special opportunities to meet leaders in engineering. We bring speakers from
around academia and industry to address our students and give Fellows more opportunities to meet and learn from these innovative leaders in the #eld.
In addition to our career focused events dedicated to recruiting, Viterbi Fellows will be invited to network with company recruiters. Our Industry Networking
Event teaches you how to build your network and provides a more casual atmosphere to learn about internship and employment opportunities beyond traditional recruiting activities.
Grand Challenges Scholars Program
Fellows are granted admission to The USC Viterbi Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) The GCSP helps organize the time you spend focusing on exploring results that benefit society. Each year, the top Viterbi students who successfully complete the USC Viterbi GCSP 5 core competency areas will be named National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars, recognized both by USC at graduation and the National Academy of Engineering.
Priority consideration for many Viterbi School programs, including, but not limited to:
Viterbi Overseas Programs
iPodia – The International Classroom
Tsinghua Summer Research Program
Viterbi International Exchange Programs
viterbilink (Alumni Mentoring Program)
Viterbi Industry Networking Events
From the Fellows
Don't take our word for it. Ask the Fellows!
“Viterbi offers some incredible resources to help students get involved in research, be mentored by faculty, and explore their interests inside and outside of engineering.”Nihar SethComputer Science '21
“I love how supportive the faculty are: from my research advisors, to the instructors, to the professors with ACM, everyone I've met has offered me invaluable encouragement and guidance in pursuing my goals.”Rachel AlexanderComputer Science '19
“Every week we receive emails about the wide variety of opportunities at USC. Even the research opportunities alone are quite a bit. USC is really a place you can delve deep into your passions.”Veda MurthyComputer Science '21
“The faculty advisors are more than willing to give up their free time to help you through a tough technical problem, and the students are more than happy to stay in lab all night figuring out last-minute challenges.”Spencer PowersAerospace Engineering '20
“All the professors I've had are incredibly accomplished and passionate about their work. They are all approachable and willing to help out whenever possible.”Anya NutakkiComputer Science '22
“My favorite thing about being a USC student is the connections that I'm making and the experiences I'm gaining. USC has so much to offer and I've met so many great people from all different fields of study.”Justin WeissMechanical Engineering '22
“I have access to an incredibly strong alumni network that I can reach out to any time I want. Through classes, student organizations, and study groups, I get to befriend and be inspired by the future movers and shakers of the world!”Maria CamasmieMechanical Engineering '20
Imagine yourself on campus.
Learn more about life at USC as an engineering student at Viterbi Voices:
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have a lot of questions about the Viterbi Fellows Program. Take a look at our answers to some of your frequently asked questions (FAQs).
The Viterbi Undergraduate Fellows are an exclusive group of students selected from the incoming class. As an engineer, we believe you shouldn’t be limited in the number of experiences available to you in college. We want you to maximize your potential by engaging in what you want!
The Viterbi Undergraduate Fellows are chosen from our top scholarship finalists each year. While there is no application for the Fellows or scholarships, students must apply to USC by the merit scholarship deadline, typically December 1st of each year. There is no need to indicate interest or complete any forms. We will consider all of our top students for scholarship and fellowship awards.
Fellows are chosen as part of our scholarship award process. All students who applied to USC for merit scholarship consideration will have their applications carefully reviewed. Of those, some will be selected as merit scholarship finalists and asked to participate in a scholarship interview (typically in February-Early March of each year). Once we have selected our final scholarship recipients, a small number of those students will be named a Viterbi Fellow above and beyond any scholarship they may have received.
Yes, and no. The Viterbi Fellows are chosen from our scholarship finalists. And while the university scholarships are notified in your portal at the end of March, the Viterbi Fellows are named just a few days immediately afterward. So, if you have been awarded a scholarship, watch your inbox as Fellow Appointments will be sent a few days later. Only those who are chosen for the fellowship receive notification.
Congratulations! We hope you will join us at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. You do not need to take any additional action to accept the Fellowship. Simply be sure to submit your enrollment commitment deposit via your admission portal no later than May 1.
Don’t miss the deadline!
Yes, you will receive funding and all of your awarded Fellows’ benefits for a maximum of four years, provided you maintain good academic standing and make progress toward an engineering degree. There is no renewal process necessary for the Viterbi Undergraduate Fellows.