The GAANN Molecular Biotechnology Fellowship is available for graduate students who intend to become university teachers and/or researchers. Fellows must pursue an interdisciplinary course of study, combining a major in one of the participating departments with a minor and research project in biotechnology. The Fellowship is awarded based on academic performance and financial need, upon the recommendation of the student's department and approval by the Graduate School and the Fellowship Program Selections Committee.

To be eligible for consideration, the student must:

  1. Be enrolled full time in (or admitted to) a doctoral program (master's leading to doctoral permitted) in one of the programs offered through departments participating in the Biotechnology Program (Animal Science; Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Clinical Sciences; Crop Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Entomology; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology; Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; Forestry and Environmental Resources; Genetics; Horticultural Science; Microbiology; Molecular and Structural Biochemistry; Molecular Biomedical Sciences; Plant Biology; Plant Pathology; Population Health and Pathobiology; Poultry Science; and Textile Engineering and Science);
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands;
  3. Be committed to a career in university teaching and/or research;
  4. Have an outstanding undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate academic record (cumulative grade point average), as well as excellent scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic portions of the Graduate Record Examination;
  5. Have demonstrable identified financial need, determined according to federal guidelines. Financial need is based on information supplied by each student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Fellowship Stipend: Up to $32,000 annually, depending on financial need. (Fellows may have supplemental departmental support only to the extent that such support is justified by an assessment of financial need in excess of $32,000.)

Book, Equipment, Supply and Travel Allowance: Amount determined annually.

Tuition and Health Insurance: Out-of-state tuition remission will be provided by the Fellow's graduate program and the in-state portion of tuition and fees will be paid directly by the Graduate School to the Cashier's Office. Health insurance will be provided to all Fellows.

Registration: Fellows must be full-time graduate students. Please see section 3.15 of the Graduate Administrative Handbook for full-time registration requirements. Fellows must be engaged in full-time coursework or research during each summer session. At no time during the Fellowship period may a GAANN Fellow engage in gainful employment other than part-time employment involved in teaching, research, or similar activities determined by the Graduate School to be in support of progress towards the degree.

* Teaching Experience and Other Activities:

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in special activities such as interdisciplinary seminars, retreats and professional meetings. Fellows must have a supervised teaching experience during their graduate program, preferably during the period supported by the Fellowship. This requirement could be fulfilled by participation for one year in the "Preparing the Professoriate" program. Additional information on this program is available at http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing-future-leaders/ptp.html. Alternative plans for meeting the teaching experience requirement are possible but must be approved by the Program Director.

For additional information on the GAANN Fellowship Program, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean, at 919-515-4462 or via e-mail at david_shafer@ncsu.edu.