Investing in the Success of our Future
We value the importance of high-impact, hands-on education and want to help graduate students achieve their goals through assistantships, fellowships, grants and financial aid. Because of generous support from our alumni, friends and industry partners, we are able to offer qualified students options to support their education.
Full-time graduate students appointed to any assistantship of at least $8,000 per year are also placed into the Graduate Student Support Plan, which covers all tuition and health insurance premiums on behalf of the student. However, under this plan, out-of-state tuition is only paid the first year of study.
The best place to start looking for financial support is through the NC State Graduate School. Browse fellowship and grant opportunities on their website. Additional financial aid is also available through University Financial Aid, which can fill in the gaps between educational expenses and available assets.
We help our students pursue their passions.
More than 70% of on-campus students receive funding, including tuition and health insurance.
Applying for an assistantship is simple. When filling out your Graduate School Application, check the box to request consideration for financial assistance. Documents submitted with your application will be used to assess merit.
Research Assistantships are often awarded to graduate students interested in working on current research projects. Keep in mind that grant cycles do not necessarily coincide with application deadlines, so many opportunities are filled from the current application and student pool. For questions about specific research opportunities and available funding, contact Forestry and Environmental Resources Faculty members about their individual projects.
Ongoing Funding Opportunities
- Camcore Stipends: awarded to graduate students who conduct international research focused on furthering our knowledge about tropical and subtropical forest species.
- Christmas Tree Genetics Awards: awarded to graduate students interested in Christmas tree breeding, propagation or pest resistance. For more information, contact Justin Whitehill.
- Forest Productivity Cooperative Assistantships: awarded to outstanding graduate students working with the Forest Productivity Cooperative on specific areas of research.
- Gunnar and Lillian Nicholson Graduate Fellowships: awarded to Swedish graduate foresters studying forest genetics and forest management at NC State. Recipients receive funding for five years to earn a doctoral degree, including a $24,000 annual stipend plus all tuition, student fees and health insurance. Students also receive round-trip airfare once per year for travel to Sweden to promote the Nicholson exchange program. For more information, contact Erin Sills.
- Tree Improvement Program Assistantships: awarded to graduate students working closely with the Tree Improvement Program on specific research, including genetic variation studies, modeling and development of breeding strategies, testing and selection, seed orchard management and the use of clonal propagation in breeding.
One-Time Funding Opportunities
- M.S. or Ph.D. Assistantship in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: The Kern Group is looking to fill multiple funded graduate student positions (Ph.D. is preferred) to conduct highly interdisciplinary and innovative research on complex emergent risks in coupled natural-human systems. Our research is broadly focused, bridging electric power systems and water resource systems analysis, environmental science, and finance/economics. Requirements: A quantitative background (natural sciences, math, statistics, engineering or economics) is strongly preferred. Applicants should have at least six months (or one semester) experience in computer programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, C++, etc.). Interest in doing computational work is more important than skill (the goal is to get a lot better, but you have to want to). Students from under-represented groups (e.g., women, minorities) are especially encouraged to apply. Compensation: For Ph.D. applicants, three years of full tuition and living stipend ($25,000 per year research assistantship) are guaranteed. For master’s students, two years of support are guaranteed. If interested, please send an email with a letter of introduction, CV and a statement of research interests to Jordan Kern.
- PhD Assistantship in Environmental and Developmental Economics: For prospective graduate students interested in environment & development economics; socio-hydrological modeling; forest ecosystem services; and/or deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. This assistantship is designed to support the interdisciplinary and international project, “Connections between Water and Rural Production: Socio-hydrological Systems on a Tropical Forest Frontier.” Required: Masters degree in relevant field, econometrics or statistics and data management skills; coursework in microeconomics; ability to cooperate and communicate with an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists. Preferred: familiarity with STATA and ArcGIS; ability to read Portuguese (possibly based on knowledge of Spanish); interest in issues at the interface of environment and development, including tropical deforestation. Benefits: annual stipend of $20,000 for up to 3 years, tuition, health insurance, travel to participate in project meeting at partner university and to present results at a conference in the U.S. To apply: email an expression of interest and resume to Dr. Erin Sills; submit an application (including TOEFL if relevant) to the Graduate School at NC State. All applications received by Feb. 15, 2021 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
- M.S. Assistantship in Forestry Extension: The selected student will work as part of the Extension team and conduct research focused on the needs of forest landowners in North Carolina as related to Extension programming. In addition, the student will provide support in the development and delivery of Extension programming. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have a demonstrable interest in Extension and the mission of the Land-grant University. Qualifications: B.S. in forestry, natural resources, agricultural sciences, social sciences or a related degree. A candidate with strong analytical and communication skills is preferred. The assistantship covers tuition, fees and a stipend for 12 months of the year. Please submit a resume, unofficial B.S. transcript, GRE scores and a statement of research and Extension interests to Dr. Robert Bardon or Dr. Rajan Parajuli.
- Forest Economics Graduate Assistantship:
Multiple MS or PhD assistantships available to work on forest economics projects, including data analysis and forest sector modeling activities, market assessments in the Southeastern U.S., forest product trade analysis, and other related topics. If you have strong quantitative or econometric skills and an interest in studying forest product markets, resource use, and land use dynamics in the US South, please reach out so that we can discuss possibilities. One year of funding available, potentially renewable, starting January or August 2021, including stipend, tuition and health benefits.Preferred skills: One degree in economics. Strong analytical and programming capabilities and the ability to build, manage, and analyze large datasets using statistical software (e.g., SAS, Python, Matlab, R, or Stata). Skilled in geospatial analysis, spatial data, and associated tools (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.). Familiarity with USFS datasets such as the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database and the Timber Products Output (TPO) database. To apply, please send your resume and transcripts to: Justin Baker, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State. firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal acceptance will require admission to the Graduate School.
- MS or PhD Assistantship in Forest Carbon Economics. While there is increased recognition that natural climate solutions such as reforestation/afforestation and forest management can play an important role in climate change stabilization, new research is needed to evaluate how different incentive structures or policy design choices may affect sequestration outcomes, markets, and the provision of other ecosystem services. This research assistantship will focus on emerging economic and policy topics in the climate policy and forest carbon domains. If you have interest in the economics of forest carbon management, climate policy, and economic modeling of land use systems, please reach out to discuss possibilities. Up to four years of funding available for a PhD student or two (two-year) MS assistantships. Preferred skills: One degree in economics. Experience in econometrics/and statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, or SAS) and/or geospatial analysis, spatial data, and associated tools (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.). Interest in economic optimization modeling using GAMS or similar software. Funding available starting August 2021, including stipend, tuition and health benefits. To apply, please send your resume and transcripts to: Justin Baker, email@example.com. Formal acceptance will require admission to the Graduate School.
- PhD Assistantships (2) in Forest Health Genomics and Chemical Ecology, starting summer 2021. Research Assistantships available for two outstanding PhD students to pursue projects at the intersection of forest health genomics and chemical ecology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina (United States). The Christmas Tree Genetics lab integrates functional and quantitative genomics approaches to rapidly facilitate the development of novel conifer genotypes through breeding and genome editing approaches with enhanced resilience to pests and pathogens. The two available PhD positions will develop new knowledge and genomic resources for the conifer species Fraser fir. Fraser fir is an endangered conifer that forms the foundation of a $125 mil Christmas tree industry for the state of North Carolina.
Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters, and previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Excellent oral communications skills are also necessary for success in these positions as the students will be expected to give regular updates as part of contributions to the NCSU extension program (https://www.ces.ncsu.edu). Tuition, fees, health insurance and a competitive Graduate Assistantship stipend is offered with opportunities for additional assistance. Both positions are available to start in the Summer (June – August) of 2021.
Interested candidates should email the following information no later than January 15, 2021: (1) an unofficial copy of transcripts, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) a 1-page cover etter/statement of research interests in the area of conifer genomics and/or conifer-insect interactions, (4) GRE scores (if available but not required), and (5) the names and contact information of three referees, to Dr. Justin G. A. Whitehill. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information: (919)-515-5851. https://cnr.ncsu.edu/directory/justin-whitehill/; Twitter – @whitehilljustin.
- Cross Disciplinary PhD Assistantship, starting January 2022. This project will focus on loblolly pine growth response to fertilization across a gradient of soil types throughout the U.S. south using ancillary remote-sensed data such as LiDAR and/or NAIP imagery. The project will explore an economic analysis for the return on investment of fertilizer application. There is a possibility of filling the position in August of 2021 with a person who could TA courses in forest mensuration and economics. The ideal candidate will have an M.S. or a B.S. with equivalent work experience in either physical resources (e.g., soils, geology, or geography), forestry (e.g., forest biometrics, management, or dendrochronology), and/or economics. This project will require a foundation in statistics (modeling and spatial data analysis), remote sensing (GIS and LiDAR), and economic theory. It is not expected that the incoming candidate be skilled in all these facets walking into the position but rather obtain some of these skills through coursework and mentoring during the project. Skills in R and/or Python are an advantage. We want to welcome and encourage people from under-represented groups in forestry to apply. Raleigh is a diverse city that supports many different cultures and communities. Please submit a CV and a statement of interest that outlines the qualifications which will make you successful in this position and the timeframe in which you are interested in starting (including when you are expected to graduate or when you completed your MS) by January 10, 2021 to Dr. Leah Rathbun at email@example.com.
- PhD Assistantship in Forest Health and Conservation. Three years of funding are available for a student to explore the silvicultural restoration of eastern and Carolina hemlock, ecologically important conifer species in the Southern Appalachian Mountains whose populations have been decimated by the invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae). Research activities will focus on the effects of canopy condition, competition control, and their integration with chemical and biological pest management on the establishment and early growth of hemlock seedlings planted for restoration. This assistantship will include overnight travel, strenuous field work in the mountains of western NC, mentoring of undergraduate research assistants, and interaction with a multidisciplinary team. Qualifications: Candidates with an M.S. in related fields of forestry, forest ecology, forest health, and forest entomology are encouraged to apply. Students with at least one peer-reviewed publication are preferred. The Ph.D. research assistant will receive an annual stipend, full waiver of tuition nd fees, and health insurance. Please email Dr. Jetton (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying and attach a letter of interest, unofficial transcript(s), and a complete CV.
- Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Teaching Assistantships for Masters Students. The successful students (3) will serve as Teaching Assistants for two courses during each fall and spring semester while working toward a non-thesis master’s degree. The initial assistantship agreement is for one academic year with possible renewal for a second year. Possible courses to TA include: Conservation of Natural Resources, Vertebrate Natural History, Wildlife Habitat Management, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Mammalogy, and Principles of Wildlife Science. Pay is $8000 annually plus tuition and health insurance. The non-thesis degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology requires 36 course credits and an external project. Topic and expectations for the project to be determined by the student and the student’s advisory committee. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science or a closely related field as well as interest and enthusiasm for teaching. To apply, send cover letter, cv and unofficial transcripts to Lara_pacifici@ncsu.edu by February 26, 2021.
- Global Change Fellows Program: This program is designed to train the next generation of global change scientists by providing financial, scientific, and professional development support for graduate students who are interested in multi-disciplinary research. They come together across disciplines to discover, collaborate, and share their knowledge with diverse stakeholders. Additionally, students need to be dedicated to making the science related to climate change better, where better means more true, of a greater impact, or, as our land grant mission dictates, more ethical and just. This program is sponsored by the DOI Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and NC State University. Applicants must be an NC State master’s or Ph.D. student and nominated by a SE CASC Faculty Affiliate. The nomination process begins in January of each year. To learn more, view the Global Change Fellows page.
- National Needs Fellowship Program: This is a fully-funded opportunity to work with a forest industry partner, non-profit agency and/or government agency. Minimum qualifications for the National Needs Fellowship include a B.S. degree in soil science, forestry, environmental science, ecology, natural resources or a related discipline. We are seeking to develop a cohort of diverse students and strongly encourage applications from students traditionally underrepresented (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans, etc.) in forestry and forestry-related fields. Applications for Fall 2021 are due January 15, 2021 (preferred) or March 1, 2021. For more information and a link to the application, see https://go.ncsu.edu/nnf-ncsu.
Funding for Current Students
- Bruce and Barbara Zobel Endowment for International Forestry Studies: awarded to graduate students traveling outside the U.S. to study silviculture and production forestry. A committee grants $8,000 per year for a variety of activities like workshops, conferences, internships and research. This endowment encourages forestry students to gain an international perspective by obtaining first-hand experience with forestry in diverse environments around the world. For more information, contact Rachel Cook.
- David and Angelica Harcharik Forestry International Studies Endowment: awarded to Forestry and Environmental Resources graduate students going beyond their national borders in pursuit of scientific knowledge and the understanding of other cultures. For more information, contact Erin Sills.
- Laarman International Gift Fund: awarded to graduate students conducting creative and important international research in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, or Natural Resources. Awards are between $500 and $5,000. For more information, contact Rachel Cook.
North Carolina Residency
NC State is a public land-grant institution that receives money each year from the state of North Carolina. In return for this support, the university is required to provide affordable education for NC residents and to maintain extension and other outreach programs that benefit the people and communities of our state. This means that there is a significant difference between tuition for NC residents and non-residents, and a strong financial incentive to establish in-state residency as a graduate student.