Professional & personal development

This section describes the variety of resources available to graduate students for advice and counsel—whether for individual concerns, career planning, support for student groups on campus, or informal discussions about the day-to-day life of a graduate student—with folks “in the know.” Looking for even more resources? See the Professional development page on the MIT Student Resources site.

Upcoming events

To hear directly about many upcoming events, sign up for the Global Education and Career Development (GECD) Graduate Career News list and the Graduate Student Council Professional Development e-mail list.


Schlumberger 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 14, 2014

The Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Ultimately, grant recipients are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

Grant amounts are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year and may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendation from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans into the home country. Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record and illustrate their commitment to teaching and research or to using their scientific knowledge in public policy advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach interest and have a track record in encouraging young women into the STEM fields. For more information visit the fellowship website.

MIT Water Innovation Prize: Idea pitch & Generator dinner

Where: Monday, November 17th | 6PM-9PM; Registration ends at 6:30PM
Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor

Join us for the launch of the MIT Water Innovation Prize, a new solutions-to-market competition for water startups. Pitch your water-related idea/research/project, find team members, and learn about the exciting water innovation happening at MIT. Space is limited, so RSVP to guarantee your seat. For more information visit the Water Innovation Prize website.

Engineering Boutique Night

Date: Wednesday, November 19th
Location: Sheraton Commander Hotel
Meet representatives from engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. This event is a collaboration between Harvard, Boston University, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. All levels of Engineering students from these five institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.

Immigration Law Workshop with Start-up focus

Date: Wednesday, November 19th | 6PM-8PM
Location: Stata Center, 32-155
Are you an international student working on a start-up?  Would you like to know more about visa and immigration options that would allow you to work on your venture? Boston’s best law firms will be in attendance at this workshop to share tips and insights on immigration law for start-up co-founders.  Food and desserts from Boston’s North End will be provided.

Schlumberger 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Registration Opens: Monday, December 1st | 9AM online

The Teaching and Learning Lab will be offering the recently re-named Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP) again in Spring 2015.  This workshop series is for students and postdocs interested in developing their teaching skills to support their teaching at MIT, as well as those who are planning careers in academia.  To earn a certificate, students must participate in 7 classroom workshops and two videotaped teaching/lesson presentations.  Registration is required.  Space is limited and sections fill very quickly!  For any questions about the program, please contact Leann Dobranski at

The Spring Program kicks off on Friday, February 6th, with the first workshop: Students as Learners, You as Teacher. There will be eight (8) sections offered, with one reserved for students in non-science/engineering departments.

Spring 2015 Section Meeting Times:

Section 1 – 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. (for non-science/engineering majors only)
Section 2 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Section 3 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Section 4 – 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Section 5 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Section 6 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Section 7 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Section 8 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Spring 2015 Program Meeting Dates:

Students as Learners, You as Teacher on Friday, February 6th
Designing a Course and Constructing a Syllabus on Friday, February 13th
1st (of 2) Video-recorded Microteaching Session scheduled between Feb 17-27
Planning and Facilitating a Class Session on Friday, March 6th
Interactive Teaching & Active Learning on Friday, March 13th
Constructing Effective Assignments, Problem Sets & Exam Questions on Friday, March 20th
Teaching Inclusively on Friday, April 3rd
Educational Technologies / Teaching Philosophy Statement on Friday, April 10th
2nd Video-recorded Microteaching Session scheduled between April 15th and May 1st

Social Entrepreneurship Institute (Presented by Unite For Sight)

Date: Friday, Dec 5, All-Day
Location: Shubert Theater, New Haven, CT

The second annual Social Entrepreneurship Institute will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.  Presented annually by Unite For Sight, the Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes lunch and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.  Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.  A very reduced early bird registration rate is available through October 31Those who register by October may apply by November 1 to give a presentation and to engage on the Shubert Theater stage in a conversation with the expert speaker panelists. Visit the event website for additional information.

2015 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2014

The second annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition challenges multi-disciplinary, graduate student teams to respond to a real life affordable housing design and planning issue. Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students (no more than five) plus one faculty advisor, representing at least three graduate level programs: architecture, planning/public policy, or business/real estate/social entrepreneurship. To learn more and register visit the event website. The competition is sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).