The Graduate Community Fellows program offers a sustained and systematic method of building graduate community at MIT, especially in the directions of interest for the ODGE. In addition, the Fellows have the opportunity to interact intimately with administrators, advocate for student interests, and gain valuable leadership experience. —Former Fellow
Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the ODGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Possible assignments include:
- Addir Fellows — MIT Interfaith Dialogue (position filled)
- Data-Visualization Specialist: Blacks at MIT History Project (position filled)
- DSL Online Life Learning (position filled)
- Financial Literacy Fellow (position filled)
- Graduate Accomplishments: Writer (position filled)
- Graduate Orientation (position filled)
- GSC Graduate Orientation (Event & Programs) (accepting applications for summer)
- ODGE Diversity Initiatives (formerly Grad Catalyst) (position filled)
- Graduate Student Life Grants (position filled)
- GSC Creative Media Manager (position filled)
- Institute Community and Equity Office (position filled)
- iREFS (Institute-wide Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) (position filled)
- Language Conversation Exchange (position filled)
- MindHandHeart: Initiative development (position filled)
- Programs for graduate student support (position filled)
- Programs for women (position filled)
- Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) (position filled)
- Violence Prevention & Response: Programming Assessment (position filled)
- Violence Prevention & Response: Programming Development (position filled)
List current as of 5/10/15
As a cadre, Fellows meet monthly to coordinate efforts, and to pool their observations and reflections. They have the opportunity to advise the Dean about the needs of the graduate student community, and serve as an important conduit for informing the Dean and staff about the graduate student experience.
To serve as a Graduate Community Fellow, a graduate student must meet minimal eligibility requirements and agree to the terms of appointment (below). Appointment periods for Fellow positions vary.
To request funding for a Graduate Community Fellow in your area, submit a proposal.
- All graduate students who are registered and in good standing in a full time degree program at MIT for the current academic year are eligible to apply. (An international student who has full support in the form of an RA or TA is not eligible during regular academic terms – see Graduate Policies and Procedures for more information.)
- Fellows must be in residence in the Boston/Cambridge area for the term of their appointment. A student in nonresident doctoral thesis research status, or thesis-in-absentia status, is not eligible to apply.
- Fellows may serve up to 2 years. Renewal of a fellow appointment is not automatic. Current or previous fellows who wish to be renewed, should speak with their supervisor.
Terms of appointment
- The typical Graduate Community Fellow position runs September 1 through May 31; however, other term lengths are possible depending upon the nature of the position. See position descriptions for position-specific information.
- Graduate Community Fellows will receive a stipend of $675 per month (effective September 1, 2015) for the duration of the appointment period as compensation for an average of 10 hours a week. Duties are outlined in each Fellow’s position description.
- A Fellow can be dismissed prior to the end of the appointment for conduct considered detrimental to the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, or for failure to live up to his/her responsibilities as a Fellow. Should a Fellow be dismissed, the payment of his/her stipend will cease.
- Fellows will have access to office equipment and supplies in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education on a limited basis.