Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)


The GAANN fellowship is a need-based program sponsored by a U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the GAANN program is to educate PhD students in the general area of Electrical, Electronics, and Communication Engineering by providing them with financial support, academic instruction, research experience, and intellectual environment required for teaching and/or research positions in the U.S. We will leverage specific areas of strength within ECEGP, including: (i) information systems, (ii) computer engineering, (iii) advanced integrated electronic circuit design, (iv) physical electronics, (v) RF, micro- and millimeter waves, (vi), and (vii) solid-state electronic devices and sensors.

The funding for the first year comes from Department of Education, which will cover stipend (the exact amount depends upon your financial need) plus in-state tuition fees and, if applicable, non resident tuition. In the remainder of the PhD study, you will be supported through a combination of Teaching Assistantships (three quarters) and Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) positions from the faculty advisor you choose to work with. The GAANN program also has some funding towards educational expenses such as travel to attend conferences. Note, however, that the financial support mentioned above is conditioned upon you making satisfactory progress in your PhD study.

As a GAANN recipient, you are required to:

  • Commit yourself towards pursuing a PhD as your final degree objective.
  • Take and pass the PhD preliminary examination within the first year.
  • Select a research faculty advisor by the end of the first academic year.
  • Maintain an average GPA of 3.5 each academic year.
  • File a FAFSA each year.
  • Complete the GAANN teaching requirement by serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for at least three quarters before graduation.