fbpx GAANN Fellowships in Materials Science and Engineering | University of Kentucky College of Engineering

GAANN Fellowships in Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Engineering Program received a GAANN Fellowship award to train highly qualified students in Materials Science.

The award supports fellowships for US citizens and permanent residents pursing graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at UK. Students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Full fellowships covering tuition and a stipend are available for highly qualified applicants to the MSE Ph.D. program who have financial need. Most graduate students have financial need, as parent income is generally not counted against graduate students. All US citizens or permanent residents who apply to the UK MSE Ph.D. program may be considered for a GAANN Fellowship by completing the free, online FAFSA (see more information below).

What is GAANN?

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program is a federal fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The GAANN program aims to build national capacity in a range of educational areas determined by Congress to be “Areas of National Need”.

Goals of the UK MSE GAANN program

Our program aims to attract, empower, and educate a cohort of highly qualified and diverse MSE Ph.D. students. The UK MSE GAANN Fellows will work on challenging and impactful research projects with world-class faculty and participate in an engaging, mentored, teaching program. Fellows will emerge as teachers, researchers, and leaders prepared to positively impact their communities and the nation. In support of these goals, the UK MSE GAANN program is committed to increasing the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds who are pursing doctoral degrees in MSE.

Project areas and application process


UK MSE GAANN Fellows beginning graduate study in Fall 2019 will have the opportunity to conduct thesis research in the areas of 1) Soft materials and interfaces, 2) Computational materials engineering, 3) Advanced metals, and/or 4) Advanced characterization.

To be eligible for a GAANN fellowship, applicants must…

* Be a US citizen or permanent US resident

* Be admitted to the UK MSE Ph.D. program

* Have an excellent academic record

* Anticipate a career in research and/or teaching in the field of MSE

* Demonstrate financial need

Prospective GAANN fellows should apply to the UK MSE Ph. D. program here.

In addition, students interested in being considered for a GAANN Fellowship should

1. Email a personal statement indicating their interest in a GAANN Fellowship, the research area(s) in which they are interested, and a description of their career goals to m.beck@uky.edu.

2. Complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be completed online beginning October 1, 2018 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Questions about Financial Need?

Nearly all graduate students are have financial need! Eligibility for GAANN Fellowships is based on a student’s demonstrated level of financial need as calculated for purposes of the Federal student financial aid programs under Title IV, part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Questions about financial need can be directed to the UK MSE GAANN program directors (see contact information below), or to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at http://www.uky.edu/FinancialAid/.

Please direct questions about the UK GAANN Fellowship Program to:

Project director

Prof. Matthew Beck

Email: m.beck@uky.edu

Project co-director

Prof. Jonathan Pham

Email: jonathan.pham@uky.edu