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GAANN Fellowships


The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular 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. 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 six GAANN fellowships per year will be awarded to entering or current Clemson University 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 & Biomolecular 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 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 Biomolecular Engineering faculty. GAANN fellows will experience both teaching in a formal classroom setting as well as leading an independent course through the Creative Inquiry student engagement program.

Program Requirements

  1. Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  2. Be enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson.
  3. Have an expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and/or research.

Application Procedure for New Ph.D. Students - Recently Admitted to Clemson

  1. Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by 03/01/2021.
  2. Complete a financial need release form by 03/01/2021.
  3. Submit a brief application online by 03/01/2021. The application includes a 1-Page statement of interest and experience in a future academic career and research in Molecular Engineering for Sustainability and Health, and submission of your CV as a pdf. Also, attach the financial need release form to your application.

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

Application Procedure for Continuing Ph.D. Students - Already at Clemson

  1. Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by 08/17/2020
  2. Complete a financial need release form by 08/17/2020.
  3. Submit a brief application online by 08/17/2020. The application consists of a 1-Page statement of your interests and experiences in Molecular Engineering for Sustainability and Health and future academic career, your CV as a .pdf file, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts as a .pdf file. Also, please make sure to include the financial need release form with your application.

For additional information, contact the GAANN Program Director, Dr. Eric M. Davis