The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is pleased to offer several GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowships for qualified students to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. The research focus are is in the broad category of polymers and soft materials (Poly-SM). These prestigious awards are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and provide fellowship support to graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and who intend to pursue careers in teaching and/or research. Up to five GAANN fellowships per year will be awarded to entering or current University of Alabama Chemical Engineering Ph.D. students who fulfill program requirements.

The goal of this program is to better prepare Ph.D. students to be successful in today’s teaching and/or research environment. Another goal of the program is to enable students from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, to pursue doctoral degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering and to prepare them to become leaders in academia and industry. The GAANN fellowship is one of the key tools for helping the Department to increase the diversity of its graduate program.

These prestigious GAANN Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $34,000 per year (based on financial need) and access to additional travel/supply funds to support the development of a professional network. The fellows undergo a training program that prepares them for careers in higher education and research. Fellows will complete formal training in engineering pedagogy focused on practical application through two mentored teaching experiences drawn from the Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty. In addition, GAANN Fellows will receive priority for serving as a teaching assistant for one of our international study-abroad courses(currently: Denmark, Scotland, and Ireland).

Program Requirements

  1. Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  2. Be enrolled in the chemical engineering Ph.D. program at UA.
  3. Have an expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and/or research.

GAANN Application Procedure for New/Continuing Ph.D. Students

  1. Ask your current/prospective research advisor to complete the Faculty Nomination Form and e-mail a signed copy to Dr. John Kim (ykim@eng.ua.edu).
  2. Complete and sign the Nominee Statement Form.
  3. Complete the GAANN Poly-SM application form.
  4. Complete the FAFSA form: http://fafsa.gov

NOTE: You cannot be formally named a GAANN Fellow until you enroll at UA.