Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

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Competitions are usually held on an annual basis.

Current competition: FY 2015
Application available: April 1, 2015
Application deadline: May 29, 2015

A pre-application webinar is anticipated. Please check back for updates.

Federal Register Notices

Current Application

You may access the electronic grant application for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program in You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number (200). Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section.

Tips and Assistance

FY 2015 GAANN pre-application slide presentation and Q&A are available on the resources page under the Presentations from Technical Assistance Workshops.

FY 2015 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Competition Pre-Application Webinars to provide information on the GAANN program competition are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 –12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

To register for the GAANN Pre-Application Webinar, please go to:

Note: We encourage institutions which will submit more than one application to designate one individual to register and to call-in.

Application Contacts

Rebecca ELL,, (202) 502-7779
U.S. Department of Education
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program
1990 K Street, N.W., 7th Floor
Mail Code: K-OPE-7-7063
Washington, DC 20006
Fax: (202) 502-7857

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