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:
- Achieving Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) (no Fellow for Fall 2013)
- Addir Fellows — MIT Interfaith Dialogue (position filled)
- Alumni partnership for diversity (no Fellow for Fall 2013)
- Committee on Race and Diversity (position filled for Fall 2013; will open in January for Spring 2014)
- Graduate Accomplishments: Writer (no Fellow for Fall 2013; will open in January for Spring 2014)
- Graduate orientation (position filled)
- Grad Catalyst (position filled)
- Graduate Student Life Grants (position filled)
- GSC Creative Media Manager (position filled)
- Liaison to Grad parents (position open)
- MSRP/CONVERGE Alumni Engagement (no Fellow for Fall 2013)
- Programs for international students (position open)
- Programs for women (position filled)
- PSC Outreach Fellow (position filled)
- Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) (position open)
- Videographer: Blacks at MIT History Project (position filled)
- Videographer: Student Snapshots (no Fellow for Fall 2013; will open in January for Spring 2014)
- Violence Prevention & Response (position filled)
List current as of 8/28/13
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 regurlar 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. Current or previous Fellows must be reappointed for a second year.
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 $630 per month 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.