Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support between three and six graduate students through a fellowship program called GAANN (Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need). This fellowship program was established to support graduate students interested in pursuing a career in teaching and/or research in particular areas of study which are important to the United States, such as physics.

A GAANN Fellowship provides the graduate student with:
  • A 12-month stipend for the academic year and following summer that is based on the student’s financial need as determined by a FAFSA form submitted by the student. Students with high financial need can be eligible for a stipend of up to $30,000 for the year.
  • Full tuition coverage.
  • Payment of all student fees that are typically paid by the student.
  • A yearly allocation of $2000 that can be used for books, research related travel, research supplies, and equipment.
  • A supervised teaching experience as a Teaching Assistant (TA) which usually involves teaching a small number of recitations or laboratories in undergraduate introductory courses. A Fellow is paid for his/her TA work on top of the GAANN Fellowship stipend which typically brings the total financial support well above that of graduate students supported with only TA or RA appointments.
To be eligible for a GAANN Fellowship, the student must:
  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or one of the freely associated states.
  • Have an excellent academic record.
  • Be planning to pursue a PhD degree in Physics.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine his/her financial need. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln "school code" is 002565.

Students applying for admission to the University of Nebraska graduate program in Physics will receive information on application procedures for GAANN Fellowships. Questions can be addressed to the chair of the Department’s GAANN Committee, Prof. Gregory Snow, at or 402-472-6279 at any time.