GAANN Programs

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study in a field designated as an area of national need. GAANN grants are funded by the Department of Education.

Drexel University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering has three GAANN fellowships:


    Provides need-based graduate fellowships with an emphasis on nanomaterials, biomaterials, and materials for nuclear applications, as well teaching preparation for future academic careers and the opportunity to participate in an international or industrial research experience.

    Provides education for the next generation of scientists and engineers who will be trained in materials science and engineering with a focus on synthetic biomaterials for medical devices, drug delivery for controlled release of pharmaceuticals, molecular engineering for tissue restoration, and tissue scaffolds for 3-D cellular engineering.

    Provides training in research and education in the field of computational materials science and engineering in the critical areas of novel materials and nanotechnology; defense applications; manufacturing, design, and optimization; digital signal processing in materials characterization; and bioengineering and bioinformatics.