Graduate Student Support

Graduate Student Support

Current graduate student support packages are competitive and can include a stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Research and Teaching Assistantships:

Genetics Graduate Students work and receive a stipend as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) each semester. RAs conduct research in their advisor’s lab, and TAs partner with our teaching faculty to lead undergraduate Genetics courses. The appointments go through the University’s HR System and are paid on the University’s biweekly payroll cycle.

To learn more about RAs and TAs, click here.

The Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP):

The GSSP is a competitive support package used to attract top students to NC State University. Graduate students that meet the requirements below are eligible to receive health insurance and tuition support (for a limited number of semesters).

  • Supported on a qualifying graduate assistantship (RA or TA) or fellowship of, at least, $666.67 per month.
  • Meet the minimum enrollment requirement – Full-time, at all times.
  • Enrolled in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program. Distance Education and Graduate Certificate programs do not qualify for the Graduate Student Support Plan.

Participant students should read the Graduate Student Support Plan Student Handbook in order to become more familiar with the NC State Graduate Student Support Plan.

To learn more about the GSSP, click here.

NSF NC-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship

The NC State Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program goal is to increase the quantity of underrepresented students who complete doctoral degrees in all STEM majors by addressing the factors that affect the pursuit, matriculation and completion of underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs.

NC State University is one of eight UNC System institutions that is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), which is led by North Carolina A&T State University. The purpose of NC-LSAMP is to (i) increase the number of underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degrees; (ii) promote retention and baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM academic programs; and (iii) increase the number of students who matriculate into STEM graduate programs.

The BD Fellowship award supports 12 dedicated graduate students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds who are pursuing graduate studies in STEM programs at NC State University in the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering. The Genetics Program is within the College of Sciences.

Visit the NC-LSAMP BD Fellowship website by clicking hereFor early consideration, apply by January 15th, 2019.

Benefits and features:
  • Stipend of $32,000 annually for first two yeasrs
  • Tuition, fees, and student health insurance waiver for first two years
  • Continued funding at unit level for up to three additional years for qualified PhD candidates
  • Personalized mentoring
  • Up to $4,000 travel funding for professional conferences
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support
  • Summer Orientation Program
  • Academic and research enhancement
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident
  • Traditionally underrepresented in STEM (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders)
  • Attend a university that is a part of an LSAMP Alliance Program
  • Seeking to obtain PhD in STEM degree program
  • First graduate school experience

SREB Doctoral Scholars Program

The establishment of the South Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program exapnds NC State’s efforts to fully tap this nation’s human talent pool by creating a better pathway to PhD for students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Scholars will be invited to participate in an array of professional development workshops and seminars administered by the Graduate School designed to enhance their prospects of becoming highly productive future faculty. SREB will provide career counseling and job postings, counseling and advocacy, a Scholar directory for networking and recruiting, and early career support. NC State anticipates appointing a total of 5 new Doctoral Scholars in 2019-2020.

Nominations by DGPs are due to the Graduate School by March 1st, 2019.

Benefits and features:
  • Stipend of 25,000 annually, academic year tuition, fees, and health insurance for first year
  • Subsequent years of financial support are provided by the Scholar’s faculty mentor, graduate program and/or college, and may be in the form of a TA, RA, or fellowship.
  • Support will continue for a period of 5 additional years
  • Scholars will be required to participate in SREB’s annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
  • The Graduate School will recognize Scholars at an annual reception, and organize lunches and other networking events in which Scholars are required to participate
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident
  • Traditionally underrepresented in STEM (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders)
  • Expressed interest in pursuing a faculty career
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing PhD in STEM programs
  • Must have been admitted to an NC State graduate program and be in the process of deciding where to pursue their PhD
  • Nominated by the Director of Graduate Programs (DGPs) of their chosen program