Fellowships available for Science Communication/Rhetoric of Science students

The Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media PHD program and the Communication MS program at NC State University invite applications from students pursuing research at the broad intersections of science and society.

You’ll be joining an interdisciplinary group of faculty and fellow students with expertise in science communication, technical and professional communication, rhetoric of science & technology, writing studies, and environmental communication, using qualitative, discourse analytic, quantitative and conceptual approaches.

  • David Berube, Communication; Science, Risk & Climate Communication
  • Andy Binder, Communication; Science Communication and Media
  • Huiling Ding, English; Intercultural Rhetorics of Health & Medicine
  • Veljko Dubljevic, Philosophy; Ethics & Policy on Science & Technology
  • Jean Goodwin, Communication; Rhetorics of Scientists in Civic Controversies
  • Bill Kinsella, Communication; Environmental & Energy Communication
  • Nicole Lee, Communication; Public Relations of Science Organizations
  • Stacey Pigg, English; Professional Communication
  • Douglas Walls, English; Digital Rhetorics
  • Ken Zagacki, Communication; Rhetoric of Science

In addition, the Leadership in Public Science cluster can link you with potential colleagues, courses, and research sites across the university.

Two competitive fellowship opportunities are currently available to entering students. Either of them will give you relatively unencumbered time and the chance to work as a member of an interdisciplinary cohort of students in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

  • AgBioFEWS offers two year PHD fellowships with generous stipends for students joining a cohort focused on the impacts of biotechnology on food, energy and water systems. The cohort will spend time in Eastern North Carolina working with a variety of community partners, in addition to on-campus coursework in the science, policy, and public engagement aspects of new technologies.
  • The Global Change Fellows program at the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center offers one year fellowships for MS or PHD students joining a cohort that will engage with land and natural resource managers across the region to inform conservation practices and–just as important–communication about them.

Additional RA opportunities may be available, including in the area of citizen science.

For more information about the CRDM program and a chance to talk about whether it meets your needs, contact Jean Goodwin (jegoodwi@ncsu.edu).

For perspective on the CRDM PHD program, feel free to reach out to our current students or alumni working in areas related to science/health/risk/professional communication:

  • Carrie Clower, current CRDM student and current AgBioFEWS fellow.
  • Elizabeth Pitts*, Assistant Professor, Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh
  • Molly Hartzog*, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Frostburg State University
  • Christopher Cummings, Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University
  • Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature, University of Waterloo

*Participated in the predecessor program to AgBioFEWS.