Participation in the SEAS traineeship is available through one of two pathways: (i) master’s degree Bridge to the PhD at North Carolina Central University or (ii) incoming doctoral students at NC State. Traineeship activities are open to all interested students in related degree programs.

Bridge to the PhD

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) – North Carolina State University (NC State) Bridge to the PhD is designed to increase the quantity and quality of students of underserved populations who complete doctoral degrees in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Trainees are holistically prepared for doctoral degrees in a structured and supportive environment of faculty and graduate students at NCCU and NC State through a two-year master’s degree curriculum comprised of relevant coursework, scientific research, and professional development workshops. Trainees will have opportunities to enhance their academic achievement, build research skills, establish a network of peers and faculty across the two campuses, integrate into a research community, acclimate to doctoral culture and expectations, and increase their awareness of career opportunities. Upon completion of the Bridge to the PhD, trainees will be prepared to successfully complete doctoral degrees at NC State or other peer institutions.

NC State SEAS Traineeship

To participate, applied math/statistics students will be required to have some physical science training including a calculus-based physics course, while physical science and engineering students will be required to have had an undergraduate mathematics curriculum up to at least differential equations and an undergraduate statistics course. Students without these backgrounds may take appropriate courses in year one.

During the 2nd semester, as students become more informed about the program objectives, research topics, outcomes and level of expected commitment, they may apply to formally participate in the SEAS traineeship and be considered for a SEAS fellowship. A SEAS selection committee will select the participants and fellows, considering the quality of the application in terms of preparation and the relevance of the SEAS program to the student’s educational and professional objectives.


Students must:

  • Be admitted to or enrolled in PhD programs in materials science and engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics, soil science, chemistry, textiles engineering & chemistry, or other related disciplines
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Plan to conduct research that contributes to goals of SEAS program


  • Please complete the following application:
  • Submit an updated CV to
    • Use “SEAS Traineeship CV” in the subject line
    • Save document as First_Last_CV where first and last refer to your first and last name