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

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is now accepting applications from eligible Ph.D. students for the prestigious GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowship Program for 2017/18, funded by the Department of Education.


Our GAANN Program provides professional development and advanced training in research and teaching for doctoral students, along with community building and mentorship. GAANN Fellows receive an annual stipend of up to $32,000 (based on your FAFSA submission), plus an additional research/travel support fund of $1,000. The 2017/18 award period is September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. For more information, please review the eligibility and application requirements below and visit our website:


Application materials are due no later than Monday, July 3, 2017.



GAANN fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time enrollment in our Chemistry Ph.D. program (*2nd–4th year students are invited to apply, but priority will be given to 2nd and 3rd year students)
  • Excellent academic record
  • Expressed career interests in research and/or education
  • Demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal guidelines (FAFSA)



A complete application consists of five items:

  1. A current curriculum vitae or resume
  2. A personal statement describing the following (2 page limit):
    • research experiences
    • teaching and mentoring experiences
    • career goals
  1. A statement describing your contributions to diversity, namely:
    • Significant and unusual educational, social, cultural, economic, or other barriers you have had to overcome in pursuit of your education. Detail (1) the challenge(s) as well as any unique insights, perspectives or skills you gained while overcoming specific challenge(s), and (2) how overcoming the aforementioned challenge will enable you to contribute to the department and campus community in a unique and positive manner that enhances diversity.

(Note: This statement (Item 3) is a required component of the San Diego Fellowship Program.)

  1. A brief written statement from your Faculty Research Advisor indicating that you have made satisfactory progress in your research project(s), and that (s)he supports your participation in the GAANN program if you are selected as a Fellow.
  2. A completed  2017-2018 FAFSA form: In your submission, you must list UCSD (Title IV Code: 001317). To expedite the processing of your GAANN application, you must forward your FAFSA confirmation email to Asmaa Khatib ( which indicates your “EFC”. (Note: Acceptance of subsidized loans and other fellowships will reduce the financial need and possible eligibility for GAANN. Teaching or research assistantships may be coupled with a GAANN fellowship.)


The GAANN application can be found here. More info on application eligibility is available here. Please send application materials #4 and #5 to Asmaa Khatib ( no later than the July 3rd deadline.


Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck!


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