Graduate Support


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.

Available Opportunities

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 John Frampton.
  • 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

  • MS Assistantship available 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 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 (
  • PhD Fellowship Available in Bioproducts/Bioeconomy Development. The Forest Biomaterial Department at North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for a PhD Fellowship to do research in biobased products through an awarded USDA grant titled, Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry (approximately $2.75 million over the next four years). The Fellowship is for a maximum of four years of support including a stipend of about $23,000, tuition, and benefits. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Nichols,
  • Graduate Fellowships in Natural Resources, Engineering and Energy Poverty:  We are recruiting 3 Ph.D. students and 1 M.S. Student interested in the intersection of energy poverty with natural resources (1 Ph.D. and 1 M.S.) and with energy/environmental engineering (2 Ph.D.), starting Fall 2018 or  2019.  Due to the funding source, there is a strong preference for US citizens and permanent residents. The Fellows will become part of an interdisciplinary cohort that will benefit from disciplinary training and scholarship at NCSU (in Natural Resources or Engineering) and at UNC-CH (Anthropology, Environment and Ecology, Geography, Public Policy, or Sociology) and mentoring in diverse research and teaching methods. For more information, see
  • MS or PhD Research Assistantship in Coupled Human-Natural Systems.  The Kern group is looking to fill multiple funded graduate student positions (PhD 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 6 months (or 1 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 (women, minorities) are especially encouraged to apply. Compensation: For PhD applicants, 3 years of full tuition and living stipend ($25,000 per year research assistantship) are guaranteed.  For masters students, 2 years of support are guaranteed. If interested, please send an email to Jordan Kern ( with a letter of introduction, CV, and statement of research interests.
  • One PhD graduate student research assistantship, to begin in Fall 2019, is available with the Cooperative Tree Improvement Program ( . The assistantship will provide a generous stipend, tuition, health insurance, and fees. The assistantship will be for three years with possible extension for one more year.  Through the use of existing technology, develop methods for high-throughput measurements in greenhouses and/or field trials of loblolly pine, with the intention of improving the efficiency of the breeding program. traits. Examples of HTP techniques include visible light imaging, fluorescence imaging, thermal imaging, and spectral imaging. These phenotyping technologies have been successfully employed in plant breeding and precision agriculture.We are seeking a highly motivated applicant with a demonstrable interest in plant sciences. The candidate should have some background in statistics and/or quantitative genetics. Computing skills are highly desirable. Familiarity with statistical analysis software (such as Linux OS, SAS, R, or ASReml) is desirable. Application: Prior to formally applying for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit a detailed resume, unofficial transcript, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Kitt Payn (, Director of the NCSU Cooperative Tree Improvement Program. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
  • Teaching Assistantship positions in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.  The successful student will serve as the Teaching Assistant 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 renewal for a second year with satisfactory performance. The non-thesis degree 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. Salary: $8000 annually plus tuition and benefits. Student fees are the responsibility of the student. Students may have opportunity for additional salary during summer. 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, please send cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcripts and GRE scores to
  • PhD Assistanthip studying wild turkey ecology.  The PhD student will lead a 4-year, large-scale study of spatial and temporal variation in wild turkey demography in North Carolina. The focus of the study will be on documenting nesting chronology, determining nesting success and predictors of nest-site selection, and estimating seasonal and annual survival of female and male turkeys in each of the 3 turkey management regions of North Carolina.  Applicants should have a M.S. in wildlife biology or other related field, at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 300 (1000 on old scale). Applicants should have interest and experience in upland game bird ecology, especially related to wild turkey conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience with radio-telemetry, including use of GPS technology, experience capturing and handling wild turkey, aptitude for statistical applications in wildlife research (familiarity with R and resource selection functions), and documentation of published scientific writing. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references.  Deadline:  June 1, 2019. The successful applicant will be admitted into the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program fall 2019 or January 2020 and will receive a stipend and tuition for at least 4 years.  Contact Dr. Chris Moorman,
  • PhD Assistantship in Advanced Forest Management Planning . We are seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research developing integrated forest management planning strategies. The underlying need is based on sustaining ecosystem functions and biodiversity
    with objectives of maximizing wildlife habitat for a variety of game species in addition to cash flow, and NPV, across many forest types and over a minimum 100 year planning horizon in North Carolina. The student will join a team of researchers, foresters and wildlife biologist from the NC Wildlife Resource Commission and NCSU in quantifying forest management dynamics in light of climate change and human population growth and a need for highly informed and integrated management responses. The position is available August 2019 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance). Qualifications: BS degree in forestry from an SAF accredited university with an MS in Operations Research or Forest Management with an emphasis on Operations Research. Experience with GIS, Python or R is desirable.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities. Application: Interested applicants should officially apply to NC State, and also contact Dr. Joseph Roise (, office: 919-5154-7783, cell: 919-624-6109). When applying, please state your interest in this position in the Personal Statement.
  • MS Assistantship in forest economics: fully-funded M.S. assistantship beginning in fall 2019. The selected student will work closely with Drs. Rajan Parajuli and Bob Abt on the project “Wood supply assessment in North Carolina: Examining market dynamics, resource availability, and sustainability”. Qualifications: B.S. in forestry, economics, agricultural economics or related degree. A candidate with strong quantitative background and analytical skills is preferred. Assistantship Package: tuition, fees and a stipend for two years; 20 hours a week of work dedicated to research in various forest economics and resource analysis topics. Please begin the application process by submitting a resume, unofficial transcript, GRE scores, and a statement of research interests to Dr. Rajan Parajuli ( The position will remain open until filled.

Funding for Current Students

  • Bruce and Barbara Zobel Endowment for International Forestry Studies: awarded to graduate students traveling to outside the US 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 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.