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 U. S. 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 will enable a greater number of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including women and minorities, to pursue doctoral degrees. Our Department will provide the resources for outstanding graduate education and training, including course work, 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, as students progress toward their Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time and unconditional enrollment and/or acceptance as a graduate student at the University of Rochester's Department of Chemistry.
  • Demonstration of financial need based on student financial aid.
  • Plans to pursue the highest possible degree in the Chemical Sciences, the Ph.D.
  • Plans for a future career in Teaching or Research.
  • United States Citizenship or Nationals with one of the following residency requirements:
    • Permanent Resident of U.S.
    • 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 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.

Selection and Directors

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

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

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

Robin Cooley, Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Hutchison Hall 471
Rochester, NY 14627-0216
Phone: 585-275-0635

For more information about the GAANN Fellowship, please contact Robin Cooley, Graduate Studies Coordinator, at or 585-275-0635.

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Quick application information...

  • There is no application fee.
  • Application Deadline: The priority deadline for submitting the application materials for admission to the graduate program in the Department of Chemistry is December 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will still be accepted and processed but will be given consideration according to the availability of positions in the program.
  • You must submit GRE scores, your undergraduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are also required for non-native English speakers.
  • All correspondence should be sent to:

Graduate Studies Office
Department of Chemistry
RC Box 270216
Rochester, NY 14627-0216