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GAANN Fellowships

Grad StudentThe Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received federal grants from the US Department of Education through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program. This program supports exceptional doctoral students in electrical and computer engineering who demonstrate financial need.

Each Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow will receive three years of federal fellowship support and two years of departmental support. The fellowship includes a supervised teaching training component that will provide GAANN Fellows with experience which they may choose to leverage in pursuit of an academic career. The project is designed to help address the nation-wide decline in US enrollment in doctoral programs in ECE. Consideration for a GAANN Fellowship is open to any US student who plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in ECE at Clemson. Recruitment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups is intended to boost the participation by students from these groups in the ECE Ph.D. program and encourage their selection of academic careers.

Requirements for Application for GAANN Fellowship in ECE at Clemson University

(NOTE: Students who complete these requirements earlier than March 7, 2020 may receive early consideration for a fellowship.)

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply for a GAANN Fellowship.
  • You must submit an application for a GAANN Fellowship no later than March 7, 2020.
  • You must have completed an application to the Ph.D. program in either computer engineering or electrical engineering at Clemson University no later than March 7, 2020. 
    —OR—
    You must be enrolled as a student in the Ph.D. program in either computer engineering or electrical engineering at Clemson University as of March 7, 2020.
  • Your cumulative undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.30 as of March 7, 2020. 
    —OR—
    Your cumulative graduate GPA must be at least 3.50 as of March 7, 2020.
  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year no later than March 7, 2020.

Facts about GAANN Fellowships in ECE at Clemson University

GAANN Fellowships are need-based. The financial need of each GAANN Fellow is determined each year by the Clemson University Financial Aid Office based on the information provided in the Fellow’s FAFSA submission for the year.

Each GAANN recipient receives a stipend to cover the Fellow’s financial need. The assessed need is different for each recipient, but a typical stipend is $34,000 per calendar year. The Fellow’s tuition is paid by Clemson’s ECE GAANN program.

Each GAANN Fellowship recipient is guaranteed five years of financial support at the Fellow’s annually assessed level of need, subject to standard conditions (such as satisfactory progress towards the Ph.D. degree). The fellowship funds are derived from a combination of US Department of Education funds and Clemson University funds.

Each GAANN Fellowship recipient is provided with at least one year of training in teaching at the university level.

GAANN Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disabling condition. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a GAANN Fellowship.

Each GAANN Fellowship application will be judged in part on the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the field of electrical and computer engineering (as evidenced by the applicant’s response to the corresponding question in the application).

Each GAANN Fellowship application will also be judged in part on the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to pursue a career in either research or teaching after completion of the Ph.D. program (as evidenced by the applicant’s response to the corresponding question in the application).

To discuss an application for a GAANN Fellowship in ECE at Clemson University, please contact Dr. Harlan Russell, Graduate Program Coordinator, at harlanr@clemson.edu.

Please follow this link to download and complete the current GAANN Application.