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Graduate Program

GAANN Fellowships in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer several GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowships for qualified students to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. These prestigious awards are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and provide fellowship support to graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and who intend to pursue careers in teaching and/or research. Up to four GAANN fellowships per year will be awarded to entering Syracuse University Chemistry PhD students who fulfill the program requirements. The goal of this program is to enable students from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, to pursue doctoral degrees in chemistry and to prepare them to become leaders in academia and industry.

For full consideration, all components of the GAANN fellowship applications must be complete by MARCH 1, 2018

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Program Features

GAANN fellows receive a stipend of up to $34,000 for the first year of graduate study (based on financial need), as well as full tuition. Subject to satisfactory academic performance, students will continue to receive financial support (in the form of a teaching assistantship, fellowship or graduate assistantship) for a total of five years, or until completion of their PhD (whichever comes first).

GAANN fellows receive supervised training in instruction through the Department of Chemistry and the Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program (FPP). Through FPP, fellows will earn a Certificate of University Teaching.

The Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which to conduct cutting edge research in both traditional and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry. The small student to faculty ratio allows fellows to work closely with faculty mentors to develop research expertise and to expand their skills through collaborative and individual research projects.

Eligibility Requirements

GAANN fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal guidelines (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA)
  • Admission to the Syracuse University chemistry PhD program

Women and underrepresented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

1. Send an email to Professor Nancy Totah at stating your interest in applying for the GAANN fellowship.

2. Submit an application for graduate study in Chemistry at Syracuse University. Apply on-line at

3. Provide evidence of financial need by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA online at In step 6, enter the Federal School Code for Syracuse University: 002882


Professor Nancy I. Totah
GAANN Program Director
phone: 315.443.2657
Professor John D. Chisholm
GAANN Program Co-Director
phone: 315.443.6894