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GAANN Scientific Computation

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program in Scientific Computation

Not currently accepting nominations.

The GAANN Fellowship in Scientific Computation is available for graduate students who intend to become university teachers and/or researchers. Fellows must pursue doctoral degrees in curricula where high-performance computing is integrated with research in science, engineering, or applied mathematics. The Fellowship is awarded based on academic performance and financial need, upon the recommendation of the student’s department and approval by the Graduate School and the Fellowship Program Selections Committee.

To be eligible for consideration, the student must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time (or admitted to) a doctoral program (Master’s leading to doctoral permitted);
  2. Pursue an interdisciplinary course of study through either (a) the Computational Engineering and Sciences (CES) program (Biomathematics; Chemistry; Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; Mathematics; Physics; Statistics; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering) or (b) the programs in computational and applied mathematics and be affiliated with the Center for Research in Scientific Computation. (Requests for exceptions to, or modifications of, this requirement should be referred to the Graduate School, from which they will be forwarded for discussion to the fellowship program’s steering committee.)
  3. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands;
  4. Be committed to a career in university teaching and/or research;
  5. Have an outstanding undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate academic record (cumulative grade point average), as well as excellent scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination;
  6. Have demonstrable identified financial need, determined according to federal guidelines. Financial need is based on information supplied by each student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Special Program Features:

  1. Fellowship Stipend: Up to $32,000 annually, depending on financial need. Most fellows typically qualify between $21,000 and $23,000 annually.  (Fellows may have supplemental departmental support only to the extent that such support is justified by an assessment of financial need in excess of $32,000.)
    Financial need will be reassessed annually.  Fellows are required to complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  2. Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance: The in-state portion of tuition and fees will be paid directly by the Graduate School to the Cashier’s Office. Out-of-state tuition remission will be provided by the Fellow’s graduate program (in accordance with Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) guidelines). Health insurance will be provided to all Fellows.
  3. Book, Equipment, Supply and Travel Allowance: The amount, if awarded, is determined annually. Please see the guidelines and administrative procedures for using these funds.
  4. Registration: Fellows must be full-time graduate students. Please see section 3.15 of the Graduate Administrative Handbook for full-time registration requirements. Fellows must be engaged in full-time coursework or research during each summer session. At no time during the Fellowship period may a GAANN Fellow engage in gainful employment other than part-time employment involved in teaching, research, or similar activities determined by the Graduate School to be in support of progress toward the degree.
  5. Teaching Experience and Other Activities: Each Fellow is required to have a two-semester supervised teaching experience during his or her doctoral program. This requirement must be satisfied by full participation in either the Preparing the Professoriate (PTP) or Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (COAT) programs.
    Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in special activities such as interdisciplinary seminars, retreats and professional meetings.
  6. Renewal of GAANN Fellowship: Contingent upon the availability of funds, the Fellow’s graduate program has the option (but not the obligation) of re-nominating a Fellow annually for up to two additional years of GAANN fellowship support, provided that a) the Fellow is maintaining satisfactory progress in his or her doctoral program, as certified by his or her advisor and Director of Graduate Programs, b) the Fellow is maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and c) the Fellow’s research focus remains in scientific computation.

Additional Information:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Supervised Teaching Requirements
  3. Status Report
  4. Evaluation Forms
  5. GAANN Questionnaire

For additional information on the GAANN Fellowship Program, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, at 919-515-4462 or via e-mail at