Recruiting Resources

Attract top students in your field to NC State by taking advantage of the Graduate School's recruiting resources, including top-up fellowships, a visitation program, and funds for department recruiting activities.

Recruiting Proposals | Fellowships | Diversity | Undergrad Summer Research | Recruiting Events | Visitation Programs | Feeder and Articulation Agreements | Contacts

Recruiting Proposals

In order to increase graduate student numbers, while maintaining and increasing student quality, the Graduate School fund proposals submitted by departments/programs relative to graduate student recruitment initiatives.

This year, a total up to $50,000 is available to departments/programs to aid in the recruitment of new graduate students expected to enroll during in either fall 2016 or spring 2017. Up to $2,000 per proposal may be requested. A request for funding requires a 1:1 match from departmental/graduate program funds. Proposals submitted for website redesign will not be eligible for funding.

Examples of previously funded projects include: campus visitation programs/recruitment weekends, travel to recruitment fairs/conferences, development of recruitment displays/materials.

The application deadline is August 31, 2015, at 12 noon.

Andrews Doctoral Fellowship
Collier Scholarship
GAANN Fellowship Program
Molecular Biotechnology Training Program Traineeships
University Graduate Fellowships
Wachovia Supplemental Fellowship
Ward Supplemental Fellowship
Warren-Wolfpack Club Graduate Fellowship

Diversity is an inclusive collection of individuals and groups who bring varied human characteristics, backgrounds, interests and points of view to enrich the university community. NC State actively pursues student body and faculty diversity — creating a welcoming climate for all scholars while broadening our academic perspective.

The Graduate School strongly supports diversity in graduate education through graduate student organizations, professional development, and funding opportunities. There are a number of programs offered through the Graduate School that are designed to increase diversity at NC State and to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for the entire university community:

  • • Directors of Graduate Programs are invited to submit nominations for supplemental Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Recruiting Fellowships to increase the amount funds offered to incoming graduate students.
  • • For current graduate students, we also offer Diversity Enhancement Grants, which provide supplemental fellowships up to $4,000, depending on financial need.
  • • Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) provides mentoring, professional development opportunities, and funding to NC State undergraduate and graduate students to help increase diversity in doctoral education and in the Ph.D. workforce in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Undergraduate Summer Research
NC State’s Summer Research Experiences programs introduce students to all aspects of research, foster interest in research at the graduate level, and provide students an insider’s look at NC State University. SRE participants engage in several joint activities -- Summer Research Program Welcoming Reception, Lab Safety Training, Seminars on How to Make Effective Research Presentations, Seminar on Negotiating the Graduate School Process, Seminar on Financing Graduate Education, Seminar on Research Ethics, Social Events, and Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

Recruiting Events and Other Resources
In an effort recruit top scholars, the Graduate School will send a representative to participate in a number of diversity-focused recruitment events nationally as well as those offered across North Carolina.

The Graduate School will provide recruiting materials to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff and students to support college and departmental recruiting efforts. Our Graduate Student Brochure offers a brief introduction to NC State, The Graduate School, and how to apply to graduate programs. The Brochure lists individual programs with contact information, as well as graduate minors and certificate programs. Copies are available upon request.

Financing graduate education and the Stats and Strengths handout are available for your convenience.

Visitation Programs
The Graduate School visitation programs are designed to encourage students, especially under-represented students, to pursue advanced degrees. The Graduate School partners with feeder schools, HBCUs, colleges and universities across the nation, as well as national minority organizations to identify prospective talent to participate in the programs. Admittance into the programs are based on academic merit and faculty endorsement. This process facilitates recruitment of highly qualified and motivated students.

The Visit NC State Program is hosted during the fall semester. Participants are selected from our feeder and articulation agreement partners, NC State University graduate faculty, and prospective interested students. The 2015 Visit NC State Program is October 25-27, 2015. Completed applications are due September 10, 2015, by 12 noon. The host site is The Institute for Emerging Issues (Hunt Library).

The NC State Scholars Visitation Program is hosted during the spring semester. The visitation is targeted towards students involved in scholar programs (Gates, LSAMP, MARC, McNair, Meyerhoff, Mellon Mays, RISE, etc.) and who are interested in graduate study at NC State. The NC State Scholars Visitation Program is February 28 – March 1, 2016. Completed applications are due November 30, 2015, by 12 noon. The host site is The McKimmon Conference Center.

Based on timing and the availability of staff, The Graduate School may host mini- 1 day visitation programs for colleges/universities. Contact Brett A. Locklear for availability.

Feeder and Articulation Agreement Partners
The Graduate School has entered into agreements with colleges, universities, and national organizations to identify under-represented talent interested in obtaining advanced degrees. These agreements assist us in recruiting highly qualified applicants while also providing opportunities for our faculty and faculty from these institutions to network and collaborate on future projects.
We have agreements with the following institutions or organizations:

  1. Fayetteville State University
  2. Savannah State University
  3. Spelman College
  4. University of Puerto Rico-Cayey

Brett Locklear, Director of Graduate Recruiting

Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity