GAANN Fellowship

GAANN Fellowships in Mathematics & Statistics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Boston University has a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). This grant provides fellowships to pursue a PhD for qualified graduate students with strong academic records and demonstrated financial need. These fellowships are available to:

  • citizens or nationals of the U.S.;
  • permanent residents of the U.S.;
  • individuals who can provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that they are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a permanent resident of the U.S.; or
  • citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).

Individuals with traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to our program.

A GAANN fellowship includes a stipend of up to $30,000 a year. (The amount of the stipend depends on the student’s financial need as determined by the financial aid officer of the Graduate School of Arts & Science.) The fellowship also includes a full tuition scholarship and a credit of 100 percent of the cost of the Student Health Insurance plan. Assuming satisfactory academic performance and progress to the degree, students will be supported in subsequent years by either another GAANN fellowship, a teaching fellowship, or a research assistantship.

To apply for a GAANN fellowship, the applicant should:

  1. Submit an application to our PhD program. This application should be submitted to the Office of Admission in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. (Please do not send materials directly to the department.)
  2. Mention an interest in a GAANN fellowship in the personal statement. If the applicant has a background that is traditionally underrepresented, this background should be mentioned as well.

After admission but before the final award of a fellowship, the applicant will be required to provide evidence of financial need by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

GAANN fellows will be selected by the GAANN Project Director, the GAANN Steering Committee, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Committee based on their eligibility, academic ability, research interests, and compatibility with the department.

The deadline for application is January 15, 2011. For additional information regarding our PhD program, please see the letter to prospective applicants from the Director of Graduate Studies.