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The University of Texas at Arlington

College of Science


GAANN Fellowships for Doctoral Studies in Physics

The Department of Physics at University of Texas at Arlington has several GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowships for qualified students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Physics. These prestigious GAANN fellowships are provided by a grant awarded to our department by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education set up the GAANN fellowship program to support Ph.D. graduate students interested in pursuing a career in teaching and/or research in particular areas of study which are important to the United States, such as Physics.

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Program Features: 

Each of our GAANN fellows will receive a generous stipend up to $30,000* per year for three years of graduate study plus educational expenses to cover tuition, student fees, and certain other expenses. 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).

We invite all current graduate students to apply for this fellowship, as it would have monetary and educational benefits should you be chosen. The GAANN fellowship will pay for all of your educational costs like our normal graduate teaching or research assistantships, but has a special supervised teaching component where you will be mentored by faculty members. In addition, there are funds available for books, research related travel, research supplies, and equipment. 

The GAANN fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants satisfying the eligibility criteria. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. In selecting GAANN fellows we will not discriminate based on gender, race, national origin, color, disability, or age. Applications will be judged by the Physics department's GAANN committee.

To qualify for a GAANN fellowship:

• You must be enrolled as a graduate student and be pursuing a PhD.

• You must have superior ability with an excellent academic record.

• You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

• You must demonstrate financial need as determined by online FAFSA form:

You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at Please complete this form as soon as possible, since it takes several days for the University to receive the determination of financial need from this Department of Education service. When filling the form, make sure to request that the need determination be sent to the University of Texas at Arlington. The Federal School Code for the University of Texas at Arlington is 003656, which should be indicated in step 6 of the FAFSA form. Once the FAFSA form is processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated. The applicant must send a copy (a photocopy or an e-mail copy are acceptable) of the resulting SAR to Dr. Qiming Zhang, GAANN Project Director (e-mail:

• You must be planning a career in teaching and/or research in physics.

• Prepare a 1-2 page personal statement summarizing your prior academic record, research progress to date and/or planned future research, teaching experiences, and anticipated career direction. E-mail your statement to Dr. Qiming Zhang (

• Solicit three letters of recommendation from someone who knows you and your abilities well. If you already have a research advisor in the Department, we recommend you ask this person to provide the letter. The person writing a letter for you should e-mail it directly to Dr. Qiming (

No need to fill a separate GAANN application form this Fall in order to be considered for a GAANN fellowship (besides the SAR and the completion of the application to our Ph.D. program). 

For inquiries or further information about our GAANN program you may contact Dr. Qiming Zhang (e-mail: 

Further information about the GAANN fellowship can be found at: