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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering GAANN Fellowships

The School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MME) is pleased to offer up to eight GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowships annually to highly qualified and motivated graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree in the school with a special emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing. The GAANN fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, whose mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants to the GAANN Fellowship program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Selection criteria requires that the student must: 1) be currently enrolled in or have been accepted as a graduate student in our Ph.D. program, 2) demonstrate financial need (through submittal of a FAFSA application), 3) have an excellent academic record, and 4) be planning a career in research.

What is included in a GAANN Fellowship?

GAANN Fellowships are typically available to MME students during their first year of study. They include a generous stipend of $30,000 or more for the first year as well as health benefits and a tuition waiver. During subsequent years of the Ph.D. study, students are typically supported through standard research or teaching assistantships. All GAANN Fellows are expected to do one year of supervised teaching duty as part of their preparation for a career in teaching or research.

How to apply?

  1. Apply for admission to the Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering program at WSU,
  2. Fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using university code 003800, Your FAFSA application will be evaluated by WSU’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  3. Send an email (including your full name, contact information, and WSU ID) to the MME Graduate Academic Coordinator,, indicating that you are applying for a GAANN Fellowship.
  4. Top applicants who also qualify under FAFSA rules (most graduate students WILL qualify for financial aid) will be automatically considered for a GAANN Fellowship by the GAANN Fellowship Committee, as part of the MME admissions process.

There is no specific deadline for applying. However, we encourage students to follow the university’s priority deadlines for applying to graduate school, namely January 10 for the fall semester that starts in mid-August, or July 1 for the spring semester that starts in early January. If you have any questions related to this program, please contact the Project Director Prof. Prashanta Dutta at