Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

To provide fellowships through graduate academic departments, programs, and units of institutions of higher education to graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need for the purpose of sustaining and enhancing the capacity for teaching and research in academic areas of national
need, as designated by the Secretary.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Texas A&m Engineering Experiment Station $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of California, Irvine $ 303,396   2021-10-012022-09-30
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
Texas State University $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of Houston System $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
Eastern Washington University $ 202,264   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of Connecticut $ 252,830   2021-10-012022-09-30
Drexel University $ 303,396   2021-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards made to institutions under this part shall be used exclusively to provide direct fellowship aid that will include need-based stipends, based on the support level of National Science Foundation fellowships and an institutional allowance for each individual awarded a fellowship to be adjusted annually in accordance with the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group at 202-708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Academic departments and programs of IHEs that provide courses of study leading to a graduate degree may apply.

Nondegree granting institutions may submit joint proposals with degree-granting IHEs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Graduate students receiving fellowships must demonstrate financial need, have excellent academic records, plan to pursue the highest degree in the field, and be a U.S. citizen or a National, or a permanent resident of the U.S., or intend to become a U.S. citizen, be a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or a citizen of any one of the Freely Associated States.


A properly formatted application must be filed with the Secretary. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Instructions and forms concerning application procedures are available on the program website following publication of the Notice Inviting Application funding criteria in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Panels of experts from outside the Government will appraise all applications. The program office will recommend funding to the Secretary, who will make the final decisions.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VII, Part A, Subpart 2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is approximately three months.


Not Applicable.


Noncompeting continuation applications must be given funding preference subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. A grantee must match the award by 25 percent. Federal funds and matching funds must be used for stipends, tuition fees, and other educational costs of students. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of the award is three years, subject to annually appropriations. However students may receive support for up to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual fiscal and performance reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26 do not apply to this program.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $29,293,000; FY 17 est $28,047,000; and FY 18 est $5,775,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 16, 1993. The application package including forms and regulations are available on the GAANN website. See program website for further information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Rebecca Ell Teacher & Student Development Programs Service, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K St, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7779

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

This program uses the selection criteria contained in program regulations made available in the application package. Contact the program office for additional information. See program website for further information.

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