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Graduate Fellowships (GAANN)

The Department of Physics has received a grant from the US Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, which provides fellowships to assist PhD students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need. GAANN fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Women and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

$34,000 Stipend and $15,000 for educational costs (tuition, fees, health care)

Students admitted to either of the department’s PhD programs can be considered for support of up to $34,000 per year under the GAANN grant. Support is need-based, meaning that we can provide support from this source up to the level of financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Training opportunities under GAANN

  • A tenure track faculty member will be assigned as a research mentor for each Fellow at the beginning of the program. This assignment will be done in consultation with the Fellow to facilitate a close fit to the Fellow’s research interests.
  • Fellows will actively participate in the weekly research group meetings of their mentor. In addition, all Fellows and mentors will meet quarterly as a larger group to report on their research and exchange ideas to foster a “cohort” spirit and encourage collaboration.
  • Fellows will make annual presentations of their research results at the UMBC Graduate Student Research Day each spring.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in national scientific meetings.
  • The GAANN PI will provide special advising, counseling and other academic support activities, to include grant writing training, ethics and responsible research conduct training, and job placement advice.
  • Fellows will attend special seminars conducted by the Faculty Development Center on innovative teaching pedagogy and technology, classroom management, and grant writing.
  • Special supervised teaching experiences, including hands-on development of new instructional laboratory experiments and active learning methods directed by an experienced faculty member.
  • Participate in special summer research experiences under faculty direction. Our proximity to NASA/Goddard, NSA, and several industrial research institutions will provide significant opportunities for GAANN fellows to secure summer internships in nearby research laboratories or in the Department. The Department’s affiliation with the departmental and campus Centers in Atmospheric Physics (JCET) and Astrophysics (CSST) will provide additional mentoring and research opportunities.
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