Financial Support

The majority of our Ph.D. students receive funding during their program of study. While there is some variation in the funding level depending on the funding source and appointment responsibilities, all funding includes the following components: tuition coverage, health insurance and stipend.  To be eligible for funding, students need to maintain full time student status. 

Provost’s Fellowships

Provost’s Fellowships are one-year awards with a stipend level to be determined by the Fellow’s respective college. These Fellowships are designed to help in college and departmental efforts to recruit outstanding new doctoral students to NC State University. Prospective students cannot apply directly for these fellowships, but are nominated by their respective colleges.

Only doctoral students are eligible to receive a Provost’s Fellowship. Fellowships cover tuition and health insurance. The out-of-state portion of tuition (where applicable) also is covered by the fellowship. Tuition and health insurance associated with the Fellowship will be covered in accordance with Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) guidelines.

We congratulate this year’s Provost’s Fellowship recipients.

Wilson College and NC Textile Foundation Scholarships / Fellowships

The Wilson College, in conjunction with the North Carolina Textile Foundation, provides a number of scholarships in the form of fellowships to recruit top students.  These fellowships are sometimes paired with a teaching assistantship.  The funding level varies from $17,000-$20,000 depending on the form of funding. In addition to the stipend, the scholarship also provides tuition and health insurance coverage in accordance with Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) guidelines.

These stipends are mainly for first year students. Beyond the first year, students work with their advisers to secure funding in the form of Teaching Assistantship (TA) or a Research Assistantship (RA).  

Graduate Research Assistantships (RA)

Research assistantships are awarded by an individual faculty researcher to doctoral students who are interested in working on research projects in the faculty member’s area for which the researcher has external funding. If you are interested in pursuing a RA with a faculty member, please reach out to them directly. Often, faculty members hire students for whom they serve as dissertation committee chair (adviser). Research Assistantships are either 9 or 12 month appointments; have a stipend award which varies depending upon funding source; and includes tuition and health insurance in accordance with Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) guidelines.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA)

A teaching assistantship is provided to a student to participate in teaching as an instructor of record, lab instructor, lab or lecture assistant, or to provide general support to the teaching mission of the department or program. Teaching assistantships have a stipend award which varies depending upon the appointment of 10hrs/wk or 20hrs/wk; and also include tuition and health insurance coverage in accordance with Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) guidelines. 

Teaching assistantships are offered by the two academic departments in the Wilson College: Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science and Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management. Students interested in applying for a teaching assistantship, please contact the departments accordingly.  

Scholarships at the Graduate School

External Funding Opportunities