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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VII, Part A, Subpart 2
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is approximately three months.
Not applicable.
Noncompeting continuation applications must be given funding preference subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26 do not apply to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of the award is three years, subject to annual appropriations. However, students may receive support for up to five years. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Rebecca Ell
Teacher & Student Development Programs Service, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: 202-453-6348
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$23,547,000.00; FY 23 est $23,547,000.00; FY 24 est $23,547,000.00; FY 21$23,547,000.00; FY 20$23,546,999.00; FY 19$23,047,000.00; FY 18$28,047,000.00; FY 17$28,047,000.00; FY 16$29,293,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 16, 1993 and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. The application package including forms and regulations are available on the GAANN website. See program website for further information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.


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