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GAANN Fellowships at Washington State University

Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) GAANN, or Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, is a program administered by the Department of Education to financially support high-achieving students during pursuit of the highest degree in a field of critical national importance. MSEP offers 3-4 GAANN Fellowships annually to PhD students of superior ability and academic record who demonstrate a financial need. All GAANN applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply for the GAANN fellowships.
To qualify for GAANN, applicants must demonstrate financial need in addition to academic excellence. Please follow the following steps:
  1. Fill out your application to the Materials Science and Engineering Program at WSU.
  2. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at
  3. Submit a PDF version to the MSEP Academic Coordinator, Kjelda Berg (, along with your WSU applicant ID.
  4. The FAFSAs will be evaluated by WSU’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  5. Top applicants who also qualify under FAFSA rules (most graduate students WILL qualify for financial aid) will be automatically considered for a GAANN Fellowship by the Admissions Committee of the MSEP.
GAANN fellowships are typically available to MSEP@WSU students during their first of study. GAANN stipends may be up to $30,000 for the first year, plus health benefits. During subsequent years of the PhD study, students are typically supported through standard research or teaching assistantships, which are slightly less generous. All GAANN Fellows are expected to do one year of Teaching Assistant duty as part of their preparation for a research/academic career.