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.

Workshop in strategies for effective learning

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

21F.217 Workshop in Strategies for Effective Learning (ELS) is a 3-unit, for-credit mini-module for international teaching assistants that covers special problems in teaching when English is a second language and the USA is a second culture.  The class will meet Monday through Friday, January 12th through 16th, 2015 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm in MIT Room 14N-225.  This class is limited to 14, so there will be a lottery for enrollment.  The lottery will be available here starting at 9:00am on Monday, December 1st, 2014 and will run until 5:00pm on Friday, December 5th.  Students are expected to attend all sessions.  The instructor will be A.C. Kemp.

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

STOP worrying about your career and start working on it

Date: Wednesday, December 3rd | 5:30PM-7:30PM
Location: 76-158
Jim McGovern, corporate and career communications consultant, will present, “Stop Worrying About Your Career and Start Working on It.”  During this interactive workshop, young professionals will learn how to maximize their career opportunities by developing concrete skills, including crafting a compelling personal narrative and building a personal brand.  This seminar is free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.

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.


MIT Venture Capital and innovation Conference

Date: Friday, December 12th | 8AM-6PM
Location: Boston

The 17th Annual MIT Venture Capital & Innovation Conference is back with a fresh, new format.  This year, we are re-vamping the conference in a TEDtalks style with hard-hitting keynotes and dynamic panels.  With two female Managing Directors, the conference also has the highest ratio of female speakers in its 17-year history, and also the highest among any student-run investment conference.  This year, we’re featuring seven keynotes, four interactive panels, a Startup Showcase Happy Hour, and an MIT Technology Showcase so you can see and experience first-hand the innovative, disruptive technologies coming from MIT labs!  Tickets are available here.

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).


mickey leland energy fellowship

Apply by: Friday, January 2, 2015
Application available here
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.  For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).  The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week ($750 for masters students and $850 for PhD students) and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application, a U.S. Citizen, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2nd, 2014 in a STEM degree.