Psychology department receives GAANN grant

Lehigh’s department of psychology has received a GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The GAANN program provides fellowships to graduate students of superior ability who plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study and who demonstrate financial need.

The psychology department will award three GAANN fellowships starting in Fall 2017. The fellowship package provides three years of full tuition, a highly competitive stipend, funding to attend a scientific conference and supervised teaching experience. Each fellow will receive continued stipend and tuition support for an additional two years as either a teaching or research assistant in the department.

Lehigh’s research-intensive department of psychology fosters collaborative work between graduate students and faculty in and across the areas of cognitive, developmental and social psychology.

Students must apply to the Ph.D. program in psychology to be considered for a GAANN fellowship. Qualified applicants for a GAANN fellowship will have outstanding academic records, aspirations to a career in teaching or research and demonstrated financial need. The department is committed to recruiting a diverse graduate student body, and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

“The grant is a tremendous opportunity for the psychology graduate program at Lehigh to increase the number of outstanding doctoral students and train them to address local, regional and national needs in psychological research and teaching,” said Almut Hupbach, associate professor of psychology and director of graduate studies for the psychology department. “The size of our department allows us to grow our graduate program while maintaining a close mentoring relationship between students and faculty.”

For more information about the GAANN grant in psychology, click here or contact Hupbach at

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