GAANN Fellowship

Addressing Emerging Needs in the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese: The Ohio State University Spanish and Portuguese GAANN Project

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) is a federally funded graduate fellowship program designed to assist students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need in obtaining a PhD in Spanish or Portuguese. The Ohio State University Spanish and Portuguese GAANN will provide fellowships to students enrolled in any track of the PhD in Spanish or in the PhD in Portuguese Studies who wish to develop expertise in two or more of the following areas: heritage language teaching, the teaching of languages and cultures for the professions, or technology-enhanced teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to their specialization in Hispanic Linguistics, Iberian Studies, Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, or Portuguese Studies. The OSU Spanish and Portuguese GAANN Project thus seeks to contribute to the formation of a generation of teachers and researchers in Spanish and Portuguese who are well equipped to respond to the emerging challenges in our field.

GAANN Fellows will have opportunities to participate in advanced-level doctoral courses related to heritage language teaching and research, language teaching for specific purposes, and language program direction. In addition, Fellows will participate in seminars, colloquia, and certificate programs dedicated to innovations in the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Fellows will be required to present a teaching portfolio that highlights expertise and potential for excellence in the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese.


GAANN Mission

Individuals who meet the following requirements will be eligible to apply for the GAANN Fellowship:

1.      Has applied to the graduate program in Spanish or Portuguese at OSU;
2.      Demonstrates high promise or ability;
3.      Has an excellent academic record;
4.      Demonstrates financial need;
5.      Plans to pursue the degree of PhD in Spanish or Portuguese;
6.      Aims to pursue a career in teaching or research;
7.      Is not ineligible to receive assistance (due to nonpayment of debt, or default) under 34 CRF 75.60;
8.      Is a United States citizen or national; or is a permanent resident of the United States; or can provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that s/he is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of a becoming permanent resident; or is a citizen of any one of the Freely Associated States.


Successful GAANN applicants will receive a stipend of up to $34,000 (depending on demonstrated financial need) and a tuition and fee waiver for the year in which the fellowship is awarded. GAANN Fellows may also be eligible for additional funding for educational expenses not covered by tuition and fees, such as costs of computer hardware or software needed for research, member fees of professional associations, travel and per diem to professional association meetings and registration fees, or other expenses incurred during research.

GAANN Fellows are true fellowship recipients. They are not Graduate Assistants and are not required to provide service hours to the Department. GAANN Fellows are, however, required to teach as part of the program. The program requires the Department to provide Fellows with at least one academic year of supervised training in instruction at the undergraduate level at an assignment comparable at least to that of a one-half-time teaching assistant.

OSU Spanish and Portuguese GAANN Team

Glenn Martinez, Director, Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Eugenia Romero, Interim Chair
Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, Director of Graduate Studies
Holly Nibert, Language Program Director

Further Questions

For questions about the GAANN program, please contact Glenn Martinez.
For questions about the graduate program, please contact Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza.
For questions about the language teaching program, please contact Holly Nibert.
For questions about financial aid, please contact Juliana Belyn.

Application Requirements

Follow the link below to the application. You will be asked to provide the following materials.

Application due: March 6th by 5pm