Follow the guidelines

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education is initiating its annual request for proposals for use of the student life fee to support the graduate experience in appropriate and creative ways. Contact Jessica Landry with questions at (617) 253-1958 or gslg [at] mit [dot] edu.

Who can apply

Anyone interested in enriching the graduate experience can apply, including: graduate and undergraduate students, spouses, faculty, staff, alumni, departments, existing student groups, and new coalitions. Student groups should apply on behalf of a larger set of constituencies, not simply to fund their own activities.

Why apply

If you have an interest in improving student life for graduate students and are willing to work on your ideas, a grant offers financial support to do so.

How to apply

Please refer to “Write your proposal.” If you would like to explore your ideas with someone before you submit your proposal, contact the grants staff at gslg [at] to make an appointment.

When to apply

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 16, 2015.

What’s a good fit

Consideration will be given to proposals of both modest and broad scope. Proposals might be for one-time events, a series of events, or a program of up to two years’ duration.

  • In general, funding will not cover equipment (cameras, computers, furniture). Proposals for house parties or research will not be considered. These funds cannot support charities.
  • Proposal authors are expected to volunteer their time; stipends for the organizing team will not be considered.
  • If your project has a start date prior to December 11, 2015, this may not the appropriate funding source for you as decisions and funds will not be available before that date.

Write for success

A proposal will be evaluated based on the extent to which it identifies and addresses a community need; its feasibility; and its potential impact.

  • Community: Explain the need and how your proposal addresses that need
  • Feasibility: Clarify that the effort is achievable within the proposed time frame and budget; explain why the project team is the appropriate one to implement your idea
  • Impact: How will your proposal make a difference?

See model programs for some examples of successful grants.


The Dean for Graduate Education appoints a dean’s selection panel, a team of graduate students and administrators who manage the grant process.

In this process, the dean’s selection panel may request further details about your proposal; recommend minor changes; and/or offer a grant total that is more or less than what you requested.

All proposals will be acknowledged. You will learn if your proposal has been approved in early December, and there will also be a public announcement about the successful proposals.


If your proposal is accepted, you will receive formal written acknowledgment from the Dean for Graduate Education. This includes a contract that spells out terms for acceptance of your grant funding.

Before receiving funds, you must agree to submit a report to the dean when your project is finished.


Written reports are due on an annual basis. Please see “Report on progress” for more information.