Funding for Graduate Students

College Funding

Ph.D. Research Assistantships

The Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University offers two internationally respected doctoral programs leading to Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science and Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management.

Almost all students currently enrolled in the two Ph.D. programs receive some form of assistantship (either Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship).

These research assistantships will consist of a stipend of up to $20,000, tuition and health insurance. These will be awarded to students who have been accepted into the programs and the selection will be based on the quality of student application – including academic record, experience, references, together with the match between the student’s interests and the research focus of faculty in the college. All accepted students will be considered, and those who have been awarded assistantships will be notified by the end of May.

All applications for the Ph.D. programs must be submitted electronically and details of the process and requirements can be found at:

If further information is required, please contact Dr. Yingjiao Xu, director of the doctoral programs.

Textile Apparel Technology and Management (TATM)

Teaching and Research Assistantships:
Only Master of Science students are eligible for assistantships. Limited assistantships, depending on the departmental budget, are offered to the most competitive students in the program. Individual Faculty may also award assistantships to students that match their own research endeavors. This can be in the form of a research grant or award. There is no separate application to apply for teaching/research funding in the department. Simply indicate on your application in the spaces provided, that you would like to be considered for funding.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS)

Assistantship Information

Financial aid in the form of research assistantships or fellowships is typically available for all full-time U.S. students who apply early. Either the TECS department funds them through assistantships or the Institute of Textile Technology funds students through their fellowship program. International students who seek funding must acquire this through individual faculty members who have research projects that require a graduate student. While international students can typically find support by their second semester, they should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first semester or so.


There are several fellowships available for graduate students. Not only does landing a fellowship provide financial stability, a fellowship:

  1. Pays more than stipends, don’t come with outside requirements in addition to your research, and are not dependent on department or PI support
  2. Is viewed very favorably by prospective employers.
  3. forces you to clearly articulate your research goals at the beginning of your degree program
  4. Provides an external review of your proposed research before you get started
  5. Allows you to explore research questions beyond your faculty advisor’s interest and/or funding

Below is a non-exhaustive list. You will receive excellent peer and faculty review before submitting and you will develop your writing skills.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens pursuing a research based Master’s or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Applicants should be early career graduate students: A graduating senior; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; or are in their first year or the first semester of their second year in graduate school. The fellowship lasts three years. Applications require three separate essays.

National Institute of Health Research Service Awards
This fellowship is appropriate for U.S. citizens & legal residents pursuing a health related Ph.D. aligned with an NIH center’s mission. The financial support may last up to five years.

Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results
Applicants should be U.S. citizens & legal residents pursuing an MS or Ph.D. Funding lasts two years for a Master’s student, and three for a Ph.D. Applying requires a personal statement and a work proposal.

Graduate Women in Science
For women in science pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. Funding lasts for 1 year. Applications include a 4 page proposal and a $25 fee.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
This fellowship is for individuals under 30 years old who (1) are a resident aliens, i.e., hold a Green Card; or, (2) have been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) are children of a U.S. naturalized parent (other parent cannot be U.S. born). Apply if you are a graduating undergraduate or in your first two years of graduate study (M.S. or Ph.D). The fellowship lasts 2 years and requires two essays.

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships
For U.S. citizens and legal residents pursuing a Ph.D., diversity criteria is viewed as a positive factor. Predoctoral students receive three years of funding, while postdoctoral and dissertation students receive one year of funding. The application requires three essays.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship
Applicants should be women U.S. citizens & legal residents pursuing a Ph.D. who have advanced to candidacy. There are also international fellowships available. Funding is provided for one year, and the application requires a budget and $40 fee.

Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Research must be of interest to one of the branches of the military. This fellowship is for early career graduate students: A graduating senior; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; or are in their first year or the first semester of their second year in graduate school. Fellowship funding lasts three years.

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research Program
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students from any country may apply. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement, approximately 75 percent of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi.