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Graduate Support

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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.

Most Master of Science or Doctoral students in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Assistantship packages include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Students dedicate 20 hours per week to their research projects and 20 hours to their coursework. Assistantships are renewable on an annual basis for students who maintain satisfactory academic standing and degree progress.

We help our students pursue their passions.

More than 70% of on-campus students receive funding, including tuition and health insurance.

Available Opportunities

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. The number of assistantships varies each year dependent on the amount and sources of funds. For questions about specific research opportunities and available funding, contact our department’s faculty members about their individual projects.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)
Graduate Teaching Assistants support the department’s teaching mission and its high-quality undergraduate academic programs. GTAs serve as teaching assistants, lab instructors, or as an instructor of record for one or more classes. They typically assist with instructional activities such as lectures, developing assignments and projects, grading and record keeping, and student advising.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)
Graduate Research Assistants support the department’s research mission and its vibrant research programs. GRAs are fully engaged in research activities, such as literature review, research design, data collection and analysis, and results dissemination. Student research activities typically contribute directly to the student’s thesis or dissertation. Click here to view available assistantships.

Global Change Fellows
The Global Change Fellows 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 student and nominated by a SE CASC Faculty Affiliate. The nomination process begins in January of each year. View the Global Change Fellows page to learn more.

How to Apply

Applying for an assistantship is simple. When filling out your application, check the box to request consideration for financial assistance. Documents submitted with your application will be used to assess merit. All applicants who check this box will automatically be considered for departmental fellowships and assistantships, with no additional documentation or applications required.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.

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.

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