Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program in Nanoscale Electronic and Energy Materials (NEEM)

Not currently accepting nominations.

The GAANN Fellowship in Nanoscale Electronic and Energy Materials (NEEM) is available for graduate students who intend to become university teachers and/or researchers. Fellows must pursue an interdisciplinary course of study, combining a major in one of the participating departments with a minor in the NEEM field comprised of three or four courses outside the major. 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) in one of the five contributing disciplines (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics);
  2. Pursue an interdisciplinary minor in the NEEM field comprised of three or four courses outside the major;
  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.
  6. Renewal of GAANN Fellowship: Unless otherwise noted on the award letter, and contingent upon making satisfactory academic progress, Fellows will be appointed to a GAANN Fellowship for a period of one year. Renewal is not guaranteed. The Fellow’s graduate program has the option (but not the obligation) of re-nominating the Fellow annually for up to two additional years of GAANN fellowship support, provided that a) the Fellow is making satisfactory progress, 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 NEEM.
    Importantly, nominations for additional years of support will be considered competitively with other new and continuing GAANN nominations.

Additional Information:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Supervised Teaching Requirements

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 dmshafer@ncsu.edu.