GAANN Fellowships

The Department of Mathematics, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics for the academic years 2012 to 2015.

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship program requires a student to be a citizen or a permanent resident, or have the intention of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are specifically encouraged to apply.

The GAANN fellowship includes a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on the student's financial need; a full-tuition scholarship; and a full credit for the cost of the Individual Student Health Insurance plan. Determination of eligibility and financial need are made by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Normally, a student will hold a GAANN fellowship for one year, although he or she may re-apply for a second fellowship.

Assuming satisfactory academic performance and progress to the degree, students will be supported in subsequent years by a regular Brandeis Graduate Fellowship, as described on the Graduate Program Information page and in the Graduate Program Handbook.

To apply for a GAANN fellowship, a student should:

  • Apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in mathematics, as described on the Graduate Program Information page.
  • Send a letter or e-mail to the mathematics department graduate advising head, Kiyoshi Igusa, stating that you wish to be considered for the GAANN fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. This e-mail should contain a statement affirming that you intend to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics, that you plan a career in teaching and research and that you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Later in the application process, you will be asked to complete a FAFSA form, which can be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Fellows will be selected from among the eligible applicants on the basis of potential for achievement in teaching and research. Entering students will be evaluated on the basis of their academic records, specifically GRE scores and grades in mathematics courses, and letters of recommendation. Fellows will be selected by a screening committee consisting of the graduate adviser, the project director and the department chair.