GAANN Fellowship

If you have interests in American political development, political theory, or American political thought, we invite you to apply for a new fellowship opportunity.

The Duke University Department of Political Science has received a Department of Education GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grant to help us increase the number of PhD students in the areas of American political development, political theory, and American political thought. Recruitment for three GAANN fellowships will be in addition to our regular recruitment with the aim of increasing the number of graduate students in these areas. Graduate students who are GAANN Fellows will receive a stipend during the period of the fellowship equal to NSF fellowships during that year, currently $34,000/yr. Fellows will be selected from our regular applicant pool, and applicants can express an interest in these fellowships in their personal statements. We are particularly interested in applications from underrepresented minorities and women.

Our faculty have a well-established record of excellence of research in these areas and producing students of the first rank. Existing programs, including the endowed program in American Values and Institutions, provide a framework for learning and study that magnify the chances for our students to excel. Fellows will also have an opportunity to tap into our strengths in the study of race, ethnicity and politics (REP), as well as in political theory and American politics more generally. Further, our record of placement for PhD students in these areas is very successful, with students taking faculty positions in top-ranked research programs, and smaller liberal arts programs, nationwide. Our already established curriculum in teaching, writing for article and dissertation publication, and professional development, gives GAANN fellows opportunities for networking and institutional growth.