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

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

This year, a total up to $70,000 is available to departments/programs to aid in the recruitment of new graduate students expected to enroll in either fall 2017 or spring 2018. Up to $2,000 per proposal may be requested. A request for funding requires a 1:1 match from departmental/graduate program funds.

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

The proposal deadline is August 29, 2016, at 12 noon.

Recruiting Innovation Grants

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a new partnership with departments/programs designed to promote a comprehensive and holistic overhaul and vision of the recruiting process with the overarching goal of increasing the number and quality of students applying to and ultimately enrolled at NC State University. An additional outcome is the expectation that those who receive these awards will disseminate the results and develop a set of best-practice guidelines in collaboration with the Graduate School.

To achieve these goals, the Graduate School is planning to offer up to five $10,000 awards that require a $5,000 match from the program and/or college. These are envisioned as two-year awards, with $7,500 allotted per year from both funding sources. To assist in the development of these proposals, the Graduate School will be leading a series of workshops devoted to a range of recruiting approaches.

All Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs are eligible to submit one proposal for funding. Proposals will be evaluated by The Graduate School based on: 1) the potential to directly increase doctoral enrollment, and 2) the ability to retain doctoral students once recruited. Projects that include a component to increase diversity in doctoral education are encouraged.

The proposal deadline is October 14, 2016.


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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:

  • The Graduate School hosts a series of “Graduate Student Crosstalks” designed to promote diversity in graduate education – and give graduate students the opportunity to network with other graduate students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. At the Crosstalks, students have the opportunity to discuss topics related to graduate education – or any other topic of interest to them. For additional information, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean.
  • 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.
  • The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program expands NC State’s efforts to fully tap this nation’s human talent pool by creating a better pathway to the Ph.D. for students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through this program, NC State offers fellowships and professional development opportunities to doctoral students who ultimately will increase diversity in the professoriate.
  • 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 handout and the Stats and Strengths website are available for your convenience.


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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 2016 Visit NC State Program is October 23-25, 2016. Completed applications are due September 12, 2016, by 12 noon. The host site is The Talley Student Union.

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 26 – 28, 2017. Completed applications are due November 30, 2016, 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 Locklear for availability.


Brett Locklear, Director of Graduate Recruiting

Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity