The Fellowship will provide diverse training experiences that will prepare students for multiple career tracks. Each student will be co-advised by faculty from two different academic departments to ensure breadth in their academic and experiential learning. Course selection will be rigorous and tailored to each student’s professional goals and chosen research/extension project. Fellows will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and apply proven scientific methodology in a multidisciplinary teamwork environment. A required three-month resident internship in the public sector or at a local agricultural biotechnology company will increase career opportunities in the strong job market for cross-trained scientists. Fellowships will be awarded based on academic performance and financial need.
Fellowship Stipend: A minimum of $21,000 annually for three years plus fringe benefits covering federal taxes and health and other insurance benefits including Workers’ Compensation. Exceptional Fellows may receive additional stipend support from their home department or College. In extraordinary circumstances, funding may be available for a fourth year should it be needed for completion of training.
Tuition and Fees: The in-state portion of tuition will be covered by the NCSU Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). Fees and out-of-state tuition remission will be provided by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in accordance with GSSP guidelines.
Annual allowance of $2,000 to help defray research expenses and for travel to present research finding at a professional meeting in their disciplinary area.
Teaching Experience and Other Activities: Each Fellow will be provided opportunities for supervised teaching and career-development experiences during the doctoral program.
Renewal of Fellowship: Unless otherwise noted on the award letter, and contingent upon making satisfactory academic progress, Fellows will be appointed to a Fellowship for a period of one year. Renewal is not guaranteed. The Fellow’s graduate program has the option (but not the obligation) of re-nominating the Fellow annually for up to two to three additional years of fellowship support, provided that a) the Fellow is making satisfactory progress, as certified by his or her advisor and Director of Graduate Programs, b) the Fellow is maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and c) the Fellow’s research focus remains within the six targeted expertise areas (above).