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We are currently seeking Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) applications starting in the fall 2022 semester.

The applications process includes:

  • Applying to the GAANN program via the online form. Prior to submitting an application, applicants must complete a 2022-23 FAFSA, as awarded amounts may not exceed their demonstrated financial need.
  • Applying to the graduate program of the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering via the College of Engineering Portal. During your application, you will need to select the Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering degree program and identify a specialty of interest (e.g. Structural Engineering, Materials Engineering, etc.). The processing fee for domestic applicants is waived.

Applications from individuals from underrepresented groups and minorities are highly encouraged.

While review of applications starts on Dec. 15, 2021, we will be reviewing applications throughout spring 2022. So we encourage all interested individuals to submit their applications at their earliest convenience. Please contact us with questions at

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum requirements for GAANN fellow applicants include:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must have a demonstrated financial need, per FAFSA.
  • You must qualify for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering degree program of the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • You must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in research and/or teaching, preferably in academia.