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How graduate funding works: Support for graduate students in need

Short-term emergency funds

Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Funding is intended to be a resource for students who are experiencing one-time, non-recurring financial emergencies, including unexpected and unavoidable expenses, when they have exhausted all other resources.

Graduate students who, due to COVID-19, have lost paid summer opportunities such as MISTI internships, industrial and government internships, special fellowships, and summer RA or TA appointments are encouraged to apply. Detailed information is available through the Office of Graduate Education.

Summer opportunities and resources

There are some summer opportunities available. You can visit the Summer Opportunities and Resources page to see the internships, jobs, research, and other opportunities available for graduate students, undergraduates, and post-docs.

Need-blind grants for graduate students with children

A need-blind Grants for Graduate Students with Children pilot was announced earlier this semester. The program’s original framework remains the same: awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 will be available to flexibly cover any expenses for graduate students who have children living with them. The application is available through the Office of Graduate Education. Awards will be disbursed in October.

Doctoral long-term financial hardship funding

Doctoral students who are struggling financially with ongoing essential expenses such as housing, food, and childcare, should apply for assistance. Funding for long-term financial hardship is available to currently registered01 Students on leave from MIT are not eligible to receive funding.   Ph.D. students. If you receive an award, it is a grant that does not have to be repaid. Awards are granted for each academic term and applications are reviewed as they are received.

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  1. Students on leave from MIT are not eligible to receive funding. back to text