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Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Benefits

Program Description

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides fellowships through graduate academic departments, programs, and units of institutions of higher education (IHE) to graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest possible degree available in their field of study.

General Program Requirements

Academic departments and programs of IHEs that provide courses of study leading to a graduate degree may apply. Non-degree granting institutions may submit joint proposals with degree-granting IHEs. Students are NOT eligible to apply directly for this grant; they must apply through their schools.

Grantee Institutions of Higher Education will provide GAANN fellowships to students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree in a designated area of national need. The student must also be a U.S. citizen or a National, or a permanent resident of the U.S. or U.S. Territories.

The current areas of national need include: Area studies, biology sciences/life sciences, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineering, foreign languages and literature, mathematics, nursing, physics, and educational evaluation, research, and statistics.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, check with your graduate academic department or school to find out if the GAANN Program is available.

For IHE's, visit the Applicant Information page for more information.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education's GAANN program page.

If you have questions about this program, please visit the GAANN Contacts page, to find the appropriate point of contact.