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Graduate Fellowships

NC State is a preeminent research university dedicated to working across traditional disciplinary boundaries and partnering with communities, government and industry to solve the grand challenges facing society. Graduate students are vital to this endeavor. They help NC State prepare an educated workforce and play a key role in the university’s ability to maintain a competitive edge in discovery and innovation — and fuel our reputation for excellence.

four graduate students working a lab at Fitts Woolard Hall

Fellowships at NC State

The 9,000-plus master’s and doctoral students at NC State work with world-leading faculty to unlock discovery and transform our approach to problem-solving. They educate and mentor undergraduate students, infuse departments with a welcome diversity of ideas and represent the future of their disciplines.

Graduate students are drawn to NC State by the chance to learn from our exemplary faculty, to conduct research in our state-of-the-art facilities and to partner with industry leaders throughout the Research Triangle and beyond. We offer more than 200 master’s and doctoral programs, many of them nationally ranked.

Fellowships enable universities to attract the best and brightest graduate students, and NC State is no exception. Departmental rankings, faculty recruitment and undergraduate education all depend on the presence of talented graduate students. In recent years, thanks to the generosity of donor support, we have been able to endow 77 new fellowships. 

The Funding Gap Ranges from $5,000 to $10,000

Our peer institutions offer higher average yearly funding.

800 Students Choose to Study Elsewhere

For the fall 2021 semester, a sizable group of accepted students chose other offers.

60% of Graduate Students are Self-Supporting

Less than half of our graduate students receive university funding..

Competition for top graduate students is intense, and finances are increasingly a deciding factor. NC State must be able to offer a breadth of competitive graduate fellowships to recruit the best candidates and build a stronger future for North Carolina and beyond.

Opportunities for Your Support

Graduate Award/Scholarship – $50,000
Enhancement Fellowship – $50,000
Fellowship (Partial Support) – $500,000
Fellowship (Full Support) $1,000,000