Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline.
The objective of the program is to produce a cohort of energetic college and university instructors who have a rigorous understanding of their discipline and are also exceptional teachers.
During the fellowship year the recipient will participate in regular mentorship meetings with faculty director and receive pedagogy training.
The U.S. Department of Education, has extended the funding for academic year 2018-19. New and continuing UCLA graduate students in any discipline, pursuing a PhD with a focus on the MENA region, may apply for the GAANN award. Talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Stipend: The academic year graduate GAANN Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $34,000 – final amount to be based on student's demonstrated level of financial need.
Tuition & Fees: Graduate student tuition (in-state) and fees are also covered.
-Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
-Applicants must be eligible for federal need-based funding as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
-Applicants must verify they are not in arrears on student loans.
-Continuing UCLA PhD students or new incoming graduate students (pending acceptance to UCLA).
-Must be enrolled full-time during fellowship period.
-Demonstrate excellent academic achievement through transcripts from prior institutions and UCLA.
-Articulate a plan to pursue a PhD degree in an area of study related to the MENA region.
-Articulate an academic career goal in teaching or research.
-Statement of purpose outlining research and teaching plans related to MENA studies.
-Two academic letters of recommendation, stating your potential for teaching and research.
-Resume or CV.
-Demonstrate financial need by applying for the FAFSA. Financial need will be considered in determining the final awards. New and continuing students may apply for the AY 2018-19 FAFSA. Continuing students must include a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and financial aid award letter from the UCLA Financial Aid Office. Entering students should submit the FAFSA Provisional Award Letters (PALs). To complete the FAFSA application, visit: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
-To qualify for academic year fellowships, recipients must be enrolled full time each term at UCLA. Directed reading courses in the language are accepted for advanced students with advance approval. Awards may be used for dissertation research, but this must be approved in advance.
-Fellows dissertation research must be related to MENA topics.
-Fellows must attend interdisciplinary training workshops and MENA Studies Lab activities throughout the school year.
-During their PhD program all fellows must complete at least one 50% teaching assistant appointment at the graduate or undergraduate level at UCLA (could be before, during, or after fellowship year).
Fellowship Reporting Requirements:
-Recipients are required by the US Department of Education to complete a performance report/evaluations at the beginning and end of the award period.
-Fellowship Post-award tracking - Fellows must report on education and employment status and noteworthy activities for up to 8 years after graduation
-Supplementary funding from other funding agencies is not allowed. Fellows are required to inform CNES of any other funding offered during the award period.
This application is currently closed.