University Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

As part of its drive to enhance research and graduate education, North Carolina A&T has established a number of financial support opportunities for outstanding graduate students.  Below you will find a list of NC A&T Fellowships and Awards for graduate students. Click for more information and application details.

Fellowships

Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Program (@ $30,000 per year)

Advancing African American Doctoral Leaders in Computer Science, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Nanoengineering.  The Fellowship, consisting of a $30,000 stipend plus tuition, fees, and health insurance benefits, is funded through a Title III HBGI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The fellowship is awarded one year at a time and may be renewed each year based on satisfactory performance.  The fellowship is awarded competitively to native Black American students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Nanoengineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  For more information on eligibility and application, please visit the Fellowship page at http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/academic-affairs/title-lll/HBGI%20Fellowships%20.html.

Provost’s Doctoral Fellows Program ($15,000 per year)

The fellowship is available to students who are already receiving a research assistantship of at least $15,000.  The Fellowship provides a supplementary award of a $15,000 stipend plus tuition, fees, and health insurance benefits and is funded through a Title III HBGI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The fellowship is awarded one year at a time and may be renewed each year based on satisfactory performance.   The fellowship is awarded competitively to native Black American students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Nanoengineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  For more information on eligibility and application, please visit the Fellowship page at http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/academic-affairs/title-lll/HBGI%20PhD%20Supplementary%20Award.html.

Graduate College Doctoral Dissertation Award Program ($15,000 per year)

The fellowship is available to students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and have no other form of financial assistance.  The Fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 stipend plus tuition, fees, and health insurance benefits and is funded through a Title III HBGI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The fellowship is awarded one year at a time and may be renewed each year based on satisfactory performance.  The fellowship is awarded competitively to native Black American students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Nanoengineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  For more information on eligibility and application, please visit the Fellowship page at http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/academic-affairs/title-lll/HBGI%20PhD%20Dissertation%20Stipend%20Program.html.

Leadership Studies Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Leadership Studies Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Rehabilitation Counseling Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Rehabilitation Counseling Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Computer Science Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Computer Science Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Electrical Engineering Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Electrical Engineering Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Mechanical Engineering Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Mechanical Engineering Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Nanoengineering Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Nanoengineering Engineering Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Applied Science and Technology Fellowship Program ($20,000 per year)

The Applied Science and Technology Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award offered to a top entering doctoral student.  The Fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.  Provided the student makes satisfactory progress, the student’s graduate program must continue the student’s funding after the first year of support with a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or other funding for at least two more years.  The level of continuing support must be equivalent to at least the average of other assistantships in the same program.

Aggie Master’s Fellowship Program ($12,000 per year)

The Aggie Master’s Fellowship is a one-year award offered to top entering master’s students in selected programs on the recommendation of their academic departments.  The Fellowship provides a $12,000 stipend plus in-state tuition.  Out-of-state students are eligible for additional tuition support based on recommendation from the academic department and competitive evaluation.

University Graduate Fellowships ($2,000 per year)

University Graduate Fellowships are one-time awards of $2,000 for recruiting outstanding new doctoral students.  Each doctoral program may nominate up to three University Graduate Fellowship awards in an academic year.  The $2,000 supplement must be used to recruit a new doctoral student who will enroll beginning in the upcoming academic year.  To be eligible, the student must also receive a Teaching or Research Assistantship consisting of at least $12,500 stipend and in-state tuition.

Assistantships

College Graduate Assistant ($10,000 per year)

Each college will receive one graduate assistantship to assist with graduate recruitment.  The award consists of a $10,000 stipend for one year.  Each college may nominate one student for this award.

Doctoral First Year Graduate Teaching Assistant ($12,500 per year)

Doctoral students in their first year of study will be eligible for these teaching assistantships.  The students will have to satisfy the requirements for teaching an undergraduate course in their discipline.  The award consists of a $12,500 stipend and in-state tuition for one year.  Each doctoral program may nominate up to four students this award provided the home department assumes responsibility for supporting the student for at least two additional years as a GTA or GRA.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (Doctoral @ $12,500/yr or Masters @ $10,000/yr)

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded by the academic departments.  GTAs receive a stipend amount prescribed by the Graduate College and in-state tuition.  In-state tuition may be paid by the hiring unit or the Graduate College.  The Graduate College also awards a limited number of tuition remissions on a competitive basis to out-of-state students that pays the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.  Students should contact the academic department for availability of GTAs.  The number of GTA positions varies each year.
  • A Graduate Teaching Assistantship’s primary purpose is to assist the student in strengthening and successfully completing his/her academic program.  It includes activities that are relevant to the student’s program of study, provides training to the student in teaching, and contributes to the university’s teaching mission.  A GTA will possess the minimum qualifications established by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC): Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations.” (SACS Guidelines of Faculty Credentials, 2006).  With the proper credentialing by the SACS Liaison, a GTA may prepare course content, provide instruction and prepare assignments for students in lower division undergraduate courses.  The GAA-Instructional category (see below) should be used for a student who will only grade assignments based on instructor provided rubrics, proctor exams, copy or distribute instructional materials prepared by the instructor, and/or provide other support services to the instructor.
  • GTAs are selected based on their academic credentials and communication skills and perform duties in their area of expertise.  International GTAs will be required to present TOEFL sub-score of at least 18 in Listening, Reading, Writing, at least 26 in Speaking.  GTAs receive a stipend amount prescribed by the Graduate College and in-state tuition.  In-state tuition may be paid by the hiring unit or the Graduate College.  The Graduate College also awards a limited number of tuition remissions on a competitive basis to out-of-state students that pays the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.  If a student’s stipend is terminated for any reason in the middle of the semester, tuition remission will be prorated.
  • GTA Credentialing: Graduate Teaching Assistants must have a master’s in the teaching discipline.   If the potential GTA does not have a master’s in the teaching discipline, but has at least 18 semester hours in the teaching discipline, he/she can be approved through the following two-step process: (i) Commitment from the department (before hiring) on direct supervision by a specific faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, plans for regular in-service training, and timeline for planned and periodic evaluations.  The Graduate School will be responsible for the documentation and approval of this step.  (ii)18 hours coursework in the teaching discipline.  The OSPIE SACS Credentialing office will be responsible for the approval of this step.  The GTA Credentialing form is included as part of the Graduate Assistantship Contract.

Graduate Research Assistantships (Doctoral @ $12,500+/yr or Masters @ $10,000+/yr)

  • Graduate Research Assistantships are awarded by the principal investigators or project directors of research grants and contracts with the approval of the department chair.  GRAs receive a stipend that is not less than a minimum amount prescribed by the Graduate College and in-state tuition and is consistent with the approved award/contract from the funding agency.  In-state tuition is paid by the grant/contract.  The Graduate College also awards a limited number of tuition remissions on a competitive basis to out-of-state students that pays the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.  The number of GRA positions varies each year.
  • A Graduate Research Assistantship’s primary purpose is to assist the student in strengthening and successfully completing his/her academic program.  It includes activities that are relevant to the student’s program of study, provides training to the student in research, and contributes to the university’s research mission.
  • GRAs are selected based on their academic credentials and research experience and perform duties in their area of expertise.  GRAs receive a stipend that is not less than a minimum amount prescribed by the Graduate College and in-state tuition and is consistent with the approved award/contract from the funding agency.  In-state tuition is paid by the grant/contract.  The Graduate College also awards a limited number of tuition remissions on a competitive basis to out-of-state students that pays the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.  If a student’s stipend is terminated for any reason in the middle of the semester, tuition remission will be prorated.
  • Students should check the following website as well as department websites for GRA opportunities: http://www.ncat.edu/research/dored/graduate-openings.html.

Graduate Administrative Assistantships (Doctoral @ $16-22/h or Masters @ $13-18/h)

Graduate Administrative Assistantships support a variety of academic and non-academic functions of the university and are appointed either as GAA-Instructional or GAA-Other.  GAA-Instructional assist faculty in teaching related duties while GAA-Other category encompasses all other forms of work.  The Graduate College does not prescribe stipend levels for GAAs; instead they are compensated according to the hourly rates established by the Division of Human Resources.  GAAs are employed on campus in positions designated as Student Assistant IV (master’s) or Student Assistant V (doctoral).  In addition to positions posted independently by hiring units, the Division of Student Affairs coordinates the posting of positions at http://www.ncat.edu/student-affairs/student-services/career-services/students/index.html.  The number of GAA positions varies each year.  The Graduate College does not have funds to support tuition remission for GAAs.

Tuition Remission

Aggie Out-of-State Tuition Awards ($6,202 per semester)

A limited number of awards will be made each semester on a competitive basis to out-of-state students who are approved to receive any one of the university fellowships.  The award will pay the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition for one year, or $6,202 per semester.  Priority will be given to doctoral students.

In-State Tuition Remission ($4,745 per year)

In-state tuition remissions are awarded competitively to graduate students who have appointment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and receive an academic year stipend of at least $12,500 (Doctoral) or $10,000 (Masters).  If nominations exceed availability of funds, priority will be given to doctoral students.

Out-of-State Tuition Remission ($12,405 per year)

Out-of-state tuition remissions are awarded competitively to graduate students who have appointment as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) and receive an academic year stipend of at least $12,500 (Doctoral) or $10,000 (Masters) plus in-state tuition.  On a competitive basis, selected GRAs who are out-of-state for tuition purpose may receive the differential out-of-state tuition remission, in other words, the difference between the total tuition for an out-of-state student and in-state student.  If nominations exceed availability of funds, priority will be given to doctoral students.

Scholarships

Need Based Scholarships ($2,000 per semester)

Need based tuition awards are provided to doctoral and master’s graduate students who file a FAFSA form that indicates financial need.  Up to $2,000 per semester will be awarded towards tuition to selected graduate students.

Merit Scholarships ($2,000 per semester)

Graduate Merit Tuition Awards are provided to doctoral and master’s graduate students based on merit.  Each student selected to receive this award will receive $2,000 per semester towards tuition.