Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships in Chemistry

The Program's Scope and Objectives

The University of Rochester has been awarded funding from the US Department of Education for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program. The GAANN program provides fellowships to excellent students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Chemistry.

This program enables a greater number of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including women and minorities, to pursue doctoral degrees.

Our department will provide students with an outstanding graduate education, including coursework, workshops, seminars, and research projects that focus on approaches to important chemical and interdisciplinary problems, as well as a structured, supervised teaching experience and professional development and support.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the GAANN fellowship applicants must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted as a full-time graduate student at the University of Rochester's Department of Chemistry
  • Demonstrate financial need based on student financial aid
  • Plan to pursue a PhD in chemistry
  • Plan for a future career in teaching or research
  • Have United States citizenship or nationality with one of the following residency requirements:
    • Permanent Resident of US
    • Permanent Resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
    • Provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that they are in the United States for reasons other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming permanent residents

Members of underrepresented groups (African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and women) are particularly encouraged to apply.


GAANN Fellows are selected from the pool of graduate students in good standing, with special consideration for members of underrepresented groups.


Professor James M. Farrar, Director
Department of Chemistry
Hutchison Hall B19
Rochester, NY 14627-0216
Phone: (585) 275-5834   

Professor Thomas R. Krugh, Co-Director
Department of Chemistry
Hutchison Hall 126
Rochester, NY 14627-0216
Phone: (585) 275-4224


For more information about the GAANN Fellowship, please contact the graduate studies coordinator.