Mathematics Department - GAANN Fellowships

Ph.D. Fellowships in Mathematics:
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

Mathematics Graduate Program

The Graduate Program is the recent recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide a total of at least 9 generous one year graduate fellowships for Ph.D. students in Mathematics between 2012 and 2015. All qualified applicants will be considered for GAANN Fellowships as well as other types of financial aid, including teaching assistantships and other fellowships.

Program Features:

Fellowship Stipend: Successful candidates will receive a GAANN Fellowship of $30,000* for their first year of graduate study. They will also receive full tuition and student fees. 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 Ph.D. (whichever comes first).

*This amount may be adjusted so as not to exceed the fellow's demonstrated level of financial need (as calculated for purposes of the Federal student financial aid programs under Title IV, part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended).

Academic Standing: Fellows must maintain full-time status in the Mathematics Ph.D. Program. Fellows must be engaged in full-time coursework or research during the summer.

Eligibility: GAANN requires that in selecting individuals to receive fellowships, an academic department shall consider only individuals who:

  1. Are currently enrolled as graduate students or have been accepted at the grantee institution;
  2. Have an excellent academic record;
  3. Have financial need;
  4. Are planning to pursue the highest possible degree available in their course of study (in our case, a Ph.D.);
  5. Are planning a career in teaching or research;
  6. Are not ineligible to receive assistance under 34 CFR 75.60 (in default on a Federal loan); and
  7. Are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States; 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 permanent residents; or are 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).


We particularly encourage applications from students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Application Procedure:

To apply for a GAANN Fellowship, you must:

  1. Submit an application for graduate school at Rutgers University. Specify the Mathematics graduate program. Applications for admission in the fall are due January 15.  
  2. In your personal statement, mention an interest in the GAANN Fellowship.  
  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 002629 for the Federal School Code for Rutgers. We urge you to submit this form as soon as possible to expedite your application.
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