GAANN Fellowship

The GAANN Fellowships associated with P2P are competitive and merit-based.  Fellows will be chosen from the eligible pool of students as defined in Section 648.40 of the federal GAANN regulations, based on the following criteria: (i) Increased diversity, especially the inclusion of students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences; (ii) Financial need as per program stipulations; (iii) Interest in a career in teaching or research and the educational goals of the program; (iv) Letters of recommendation (from supervisors both at Duke and elsewhere); (v) Performance in course work and early research work at Duke; (vi) Teaching evaluations from prior TA assignments; and, (vii) Undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores. Fellow selection will adhere to Duke’s official personnel guidelines.

Program Description

  • The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program from the U.S. Department of Education supports the Department’s ongoing efforts to recruit and prepare talented, diverse, and motivated graduate students for professions to meet tomorrow’s teaching and research needs in the chemical sciences.
  • The program is designed for chemistry graduate students who intend to pursue a career in higher education and/or chemical research.
  • This program provides an extensive menu of opportunities for instruction, supervision, and evaluation of teaching methods and pedagogical development (for a full description, see the program website:
  • The fellowship covers tuition and fees for one year along with an annual stipend depending on demonstrated financial need. This stipend may be received concurrent with funds from a teaching or research assistantship.
  • Support will be available for conference travel and other eligible expenses pertaining to professional development.
  • Fellowships may be extended beyond 1 year, but it will be necessary to reapply.
  • Students from historically underrepresented groups in science, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.


  • Current Duke University, Chemistry Ph.D. candidates who are U. S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Preference will be given to students who have passed their prelim exam before the start of their fellowship period but exceptional candidates in their first two years are encouraged to apply.
  • Former GAANN Fellows are eligible to reapply.

Program Requirements: 

  • Fellows are required to fulfill both instructional and supervised pedagogical experiences. Details of these experiences will be discussed with the student’s Teaching Mentor Committee and approved by the Program Director.
  • To maintain GAANN fellowship support, fellows must maintain good standing at Duke, including an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and satisfactory progress towards completing the Ph.D. degree.
  • Program activities associated with the pedagogical component of the fellowship are in addition to the fellow’s primary activity of conducting original, scientific research in pursuit of a PhD.
  • Fellows agree to submit evaluation and tracking information as requested by Duke University and the Department of Education during and after the fellowship program.  Such requests for information will continue beyond graduation.
  • Fellows must certify that they are not in arrears or in default in repaying any federal student loan or grant.
  • Proof of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application will be required upon admission to the program.  Please complete the FAFSA application process as soon as possible following submission of your application.