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GAANN Fellowship

The United States Department of Education has selected UMSON for funding under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program.

The criteria for fellowships are:

  1. Acceptance and/or enrollment in a UMSON nursing doctoral program
  2. Superior academic records and ability as evidenced by transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores
  3. Demonstration of financial need according to the needs-assessment methodology used in Title IV programs
  4. Pursuit of doctoral degree
  5. Indication of goal statements and interviews that they are interested in teaching and research careers
  6. Status as U.S. citizens, permanent residents, permanent residents of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or evidence for the immigration and Naturalization Service that they are in the U.S. with the intention of becoming permanent residents 7. Meet the eligibility requirements of 34 CPR 75.60 regarding repayment of debts.

The annual stipend is $30,000 per fellow and full tuition. We encourage all interested students to contact the PhD program for further details.

More Information About the GAANN Program

UMSON has an exceptional opportunity to support PhD nursing students as teaching fellows through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship. This program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to address shortages of PhD-prepared faculty in areas or disciplines for which there is a national need. The limited number of PhD- prepared nurses eligible to teach nursing students directly affects the critical nursing shortage across the nation.

The GAANN teaching fellowship makes it possible for nursing PhD students to gain advanced preparation in nursing education in addition to their research training in nursing science. The goal of this fellowship program is to enlarge the pool of nurse scientists who are also educated in pedagogical research and theory. This project aims to prepare a cadre of graduates uniquely ready to assume the full academic faculty role that encompasses teaching and conducting research in a nursing school.

The GAANN fellowship provides tuition and fees as well as a stipend based on financial need (determined by the Office of Financial Aid using federal criteria) for up to five years while enrolled in the nursing program. Fellows are required to attend school full time and maintain satisfactory progress in the PhD program to continue receiving funding. The first year of the fellowship serves as an orientation year where students take didactic coursework in both nursing science and pedagogy. In subsequent years, fellows receive teaching assistantships that introduce them to different instructional designs and formats.

Applying for the GAANN

To apply for the GAANN teaching fellowship, PhD students must submit a letter of application describing their interests and goals in teaching and research as well as their commitment to the full academic role. PhD students on either the post-baccalaureate or post-master’s track may apply. The letter should be addressed to the GAANN Executive Committee,

Attention: Dr. Meg Johantgen, interim assistant dean for the PhD Program. To qualify for the fellowship, students must demonstrate financial need as determined under Title IV, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1966 as amended, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), analyzed according to the federal methodology used in Department of Education Title IV programs. The University of Maryland, Baltimore Financial Aid Office will assess financial need for potential GAANN fellows. Please be sure to complete a FAFSA. In addition to the determination of financial need, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their GPA, GRE scores (competitive), and letter of application.

What you will do, what you will learn with the GAANN

While progressing in the nursing PhD program, GAANN fellows receive mentored support for teaching seminars, clinical courses, and theory courses. During the second and/or third years of the program of study, fellows are expected to take three nursing education courses, including NURS 787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions, NURS 791 Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions, and NURS 792 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions. These courses are designed to prepare nurses and health professionals for teaching roles. Students acquire essential knowledge and skills in teaching to work effectively with student, patient, and/or consumer learners in academic, clinical, and/or professional settings. Acquired knowledge and skills are applied in a precepted practicum that is individually tailored to student goals and interests. Courses are offered in classroom and online learning environments. Role preparation for teaching will enrich programs of study for currently enrolled doctoral students. Graduates are prepared to assume teaching roles to address the urgent educational needs in nursing and other health professions.

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