Graduate Programs

The Nonwovens Institute doesn’t offer Masters or Doctoral degree programs currently. Instead, NWI supports select graduate students for carrying our research in the field of nonwovens in the degree program of their choice. NWI supports students from a number of academic programs including Fiber and Polymer Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Paper Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering as well as students in various engineering programs at partner Institutions.

Our students will graduate with a degree in the discipline to which they are admitted, but their research will be focused on a topic of relevance to nonwovens.  The research projects are developed by faculty and selected by NWI member companies.  Students are selected based on their academic performance and capability with the industry selected research programs.  The proposal selection process is a competitive process and NWI does support the submission and selection of research proposals from faculty at other universities.

The process for applying for a NWI assistantship is as follows:

  • Student must apply to NC State University graduate school and academic unit of interest
  • Student must be accepted into graduate school and admitted into the relevant degree program
  • Student should send an email to NWI with resume and research areas of interests. These will be forwarded to the faculty members whose projects have been selected for funding.
  • The faculty members will contact the students if their background and research interests and academic records match their needs.

NC State University is dedicated to equality of opportunity. The University does not condone discrimination against students, employees, or applicants in any form.  NC State commits itself to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.