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Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

UMBC’s Department of Biological Sciences 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, permanent residents, or those who demonstrate an intention to become a permanent resident. Women and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

$30,000 Stipend

Students admitted to any of the department’s PhD programs can be considered for support of up to $30,000 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

Students admitted to the GAANN program will be provided with supplemental training.

  • Monthly presentation opportunities
  • An intensive writing workshop hones skills students need to succeed in classes and in research
  • Regular meetings of the program coordinators with GAANN fellows help students navigate the unfamiliar culture of graduate education
  • Research ethics training
  • At a yearly GAANN retreat fellows and faculty evaluate the programs successes and address any problems