GAANN Fellowship Program

Colorado State University is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Department of Education GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowships in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB).  GAANN fellowships provide tuition and stipend of up to $32,000 per year (based on financial need) for full time students enrolled in the CMB Ph.D. Program. Applicants should have a keen interest in teaching and research at the university level.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Program:

The Colorado State University Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program ( consists of more than 100 faculty members from five colleges and 13 departments whose research programs focus on the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer biology, infectious disease, metabolism (including biofuels), neuroscience, plant biology, molecular physiology, gene expression, reproductive biology, developmental biology, structural biology, and genomics and computational biology.  Due to the broad range of well-funded research laboratories to work in, CMB attracts a large number of highly qualified applications each year.  The current CMB student body consists of 14 M.S. and 60 Ph.D. students conducting their research in laboratories of the CMB Faculty Members.

GAANN Fellowship Highlights:

  • A stipend of up to $32,000 plus tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study
  • Financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship or research assistantship until graduation
  • Support for conference travel and other eligible expenses pertaining to professional development
  • Supervised teaching experiences and focused workshops prepare GAANN fellows to be effective university educators and lead to completion of a Graduate Teaching Certificate
  • Up to four fellowships may be available for students admitted in Fall 2015 and Fall 2016.

Colorado State University is a land grant institution classified as a Carnegie Research University (very high research activity) and has over 30,000 students enrolled.   Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, CSU is approximately one hour drive north of Denver.  From snowboarding, camping, fishing, and rafting to world-class shopping and professional sports, you’ll find it within a reasonable drive. Fort Collins itself is a city of approximately 155,000, and has everything you could want – friendly people, shopping malls, unique restaurants, movie complexes, natural areas, miles of bike trails, theatres, operas, galleries, an excellent public school district, and more.

Application Information:

Eligibility is restricted to US Citizens and Permanent Residents.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D. degree and ultimately a career as a university professor.  Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.  GAANN Application form.

For full consideration, applications should be complete by April 1st, 2015.

Contact the Program Director (Howard Liber, or the Chair of the CMB Academic Committee (Carol Wilusz, for further information on the GAANN Fellowships.  For additional information on the CMB Program and application process contact the Graduate Coordinator, Charlene Spencer, Charlene.Spencer@ColoState.Edu) ; (970) 491-0241).