How to Apply

This GAANN opportunity is unique, because of the depth and range of areas represented by faculty mentors with backgrounds in water resources, architectural, structural, geotechnical, environmental, and systems engineering. If your goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in CEAE within an interdisciplinary framework, benefit from the mentorship of multiple faculty mentors with expertise in different aspects of resilience, take advantage of state-of-the-art experimental and numerical capabilities offered by the CEAE department at CU Boulder, and work closely with other graduate students with diverse backgrounds, consider applying to this unique fellowship program.

Eight (8) fellows will participate in cohort activities and mentoring to bolster both research and teaching abilities.  These structured training activities for the cohort will begin in Fall 2016. Each fellow will participate in at least one academic year (2016-2017) of this supervised training in instruction and teaching.  While pursuing their Ph.D. as a GAANN fellow, each fellow will also serve as a half-time teaching assistant for at least one undergraduate engineering course during one semester.


  • Be accepted into the PhD program in a major within the CEAE department: civil or architectural engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder, starting on or before August 2016. Students wanting to focus on environmental engineering should apply to civil engineering, with the environmental option.
  • Meet Dept. of Education eligibility requirements as (i) U.S. citizens or nationals, (ii) permanent residents, (iii) intent to become a permanent resident of the U.S. (must provide evidence from INS), or (iv) citizens of a Freely Associated State (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau).
  • Demonstrate  financial need (more information will be provided to admitted students).
  • Demonstrate excellent academic ability and record, as evidenced by transcripts and reference letters.
  • A planned career in teaching and/or research. The research, teaching, and career aspirations of the applicants, as reflected in written statements, will be used as criteria to select fellow recipients from among applicants.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for the GAANN fellows program, you must first formally apply to the CEAE Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. A direct link to the University of Colorado graduate application can be found here.  Then, follow the instructions in this PDF file to submit your supplemental application to

Although review of applications began on December 15, 2015, we will continue to review applications until all positions are filled. So if you are interested in applying, please write to and we can notify you as to the status of our recruiting efforts.