Admission Process

There are two paths to apply to the GG Scholars program (see flow chart below), one path will be by directly applying to the GG Scholars program. Students who are submitting directly to the GG Scholars will do so through the NC State Graduate School through their online application system. The application will provide information about submitting supporting documentation (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of interest). Students who are applying directly to an affiliated PhD program at NC State, but would also like to be considered for the GG Scholars program in their first year, follow the link to the GG Scholars program in their affiliated PhD program application. International students will need to apply through one of the affiliated programs described in the later of two paths. ALL applicants, be sure to list faculty you are interested in after reviewing their labs, this is helpful for the admissions committee who review your applicants. For those students who are currently at NC State, while we do not offer fellowships for current students,  we do welcome students without the fellowship to the program as well on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about the application process please contact the GG Scholars program.

GG Scholars application opened September 1st, 2022 with a preferred deadline of January 15th, 2023 for full consideration.

Note: When writing your statement of interest, please follow the below guidelines:

  • Make sure you follow the word limits for each question
  • Include any research and other relevant experience in your answer to the questions
  • Include your interest and fit for GG Scholars program, and what you hope to gain from this program
  • Include participating PhD program you are currently in, applying for, or up to three degree programs you would like to pursue in your answer

*The statement of interest questions can be viewed here. You must submit your answers through the NC State Graduate School online application.

Path to the GG Scholars Program

New Incoming Students

There are two routes for prospective students is to apply to the GG Scholars program. Either directly GG Scholars program or with an affiliated PhD program. Those students who apply directly to the GG Scholars program option for their first year will then join one of the affiliated PhD programs they prefer. All applicants will be evaluated equally, regardless of the application route. After completion of the one-year program ALL scholars join an affiliated program.

*Note: International students cannot apply to the GG Scholars program directly for their first year and must apply to a Ph.D. program from the affiliated list and the GG Scholars program in order to be eligible.

Online application for new students