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Our graduate students are financially supported by a mix of Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships.

  • Teaching Assistantships
    • These positions involve such activities as teaching undergraduate laboratories, grading undergraduate or graduate homework assignments, or other related duties. A TA has a working obligation of 15-18 hours a week in addition to the full-time (9 credit hour) course load, and renewals of assistantships are contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. The stipend for a 9 month TA in 2013-14 is $16,812. Summer appointments (to either a TA or RA), bring the annual stipend to at least $22,416.
  • Research Assistantships
    • Individual professors offer RAs to students involved in their research. The stipend is determined by the professor offering the position, and typically ranges from $23k to $28k on an annual basis.
  • Supplements for Excellence
    • Each year, several incoming students are recognized with supplemental awards ranging from $4k to $22k, providing full or partial release from TA assignments in the initial year(s). This allows recipients to focus on completing their coursework and exams, placing them on an accelerated track towards degree completion. A number of these are prestigious named awards (Sayers Award, Mitchell Award, Webassign, NCSU Graduate Fellowship).

      Selection for these awards is based on the student's application and the letters of recommendation, and is open to all applicants. If you wish to specifically nominate someone for a Fellowship or Supplement please send the name and contact information of the nominee to The Graduate Program.
  • Limited full scholarships
    • For exceptionally well-prepared candidates, the department is able to award the prestigious Andrews Fellowship and Provost Doctoral Recruitment fellowship. These cover the full cost for a limited term.
  • Graduate Student Support Plan
    • The GSSP reduces the tuition base and auxialliary costs of the attendace to the graduate program for qualified students. Details about the GSSP are available in the Current Students' FAQ link
  • Externally Funded Fellowship Programs