Through a partnership with the School of Science, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and the science departments at MIT, the Dean of Science is pleased to offer a fellowship to 20 students each year. The fellowship provides support for a student’s first three years at MIT. Departments may nominate individuals of merit befitting of becoming a fellow.

For questions regarding this fellowship, please explore our FAQ below or contact the appropriate department’s Academic Administrator or Kuheli Dutt in the School of Science Dean’s Office.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How do I nominate someone or apply?
    • Department heads nominate candidates for this fellowship during the annual admissions cycle.
  • When can the funds be used?
    • Can be used at any time during your graduate appointment (summer included).
  • Does the funding cover all twelve months in each year supported?
    • While prior fellowships covered only the academic year, the fellowship now covers twelve months per year of support.
  • How can I use this award in conjunction with another?
    • If interfering with another internal (MIT-sourced) award, please contact Kuheli Dutt.
    • If interfering with an external award (e.g., NSF fellowship), the science fellowship may be deferred.
  • Does this fellowship increase my monthly stipend?
    • No, this fellowship covers your standard stipend at the TA/Fellowship rate.
  • How can I use the funds?
    • Upon acceptance of the fellowship, the Dean’s Finance Office will reach out with your account information, scholarly allowance amount, and a link on the process on how to use your funds. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to
  • What can be reimbursed?
    • Relocation expenses:  Vehicle rental fees, airfare, hotel and moving supplies.
      • Personal Auto:  keep receipts for tolls.  You will be reimbursed for fuel and auto wear at the Standard Mileage Rate established annually by the IRS. 
      • Moving Company Policies: If moving companies are hired for relocation, please submit the bill of lading, and a proof of payment to the movers such as financial transaction statement or a copy of check.   If a friend or family member hired the moving company on your behalf, please note the person’s relationship to you.  
    • Scholarly expenses: Office supplies, laptops, tablets, computer supplies, books, and other academic related costs, and research/scholarly travel:  airfare, hotel, meals, conference fees.
  • What documents are sufficient for reimbursement?
    • Invoices, itemized receipts, hotel receipts at checkout
  • Want to know about the balance?
    • Upon acceptance into the fellowship we will provide access into your account, and instruction on how to pull a report on your spending/remaining balance.
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?
    • Contact the appropriate science department,
    • or Kuheli Dutt, Assistant Dean of DEI in the School of Science, or the graduate program office.

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