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.

External fellowship opportunities, Oct. and Nov. deadlines

Please note the following reminders about upcoming fall deadlines for the following external fellowship opportunities. To find more information about each fellowship, visit the ODGE external fellowships page:

  • Reminder: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships (Deadlines vary by program: September 23, 2015; October 21, 2015; November 2, 2015; November 4, 2015; November 17, 2015; March 2016)
  • Reminder: Jefferson Science Fellowship (Deadline: November 2, 2015)
  • Reminder: Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellowship (Deadline: October 30, 2015)
  • Reminder: National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (Deadline: varies by area of study, please see ODGE external fellowships page.)
  • Reminder: UK Kennedy Scholarships (Deadline: October 28, 2015, for students from the UK to study at MIT)
  • New: Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (Dissertation Fellowship Deadline: November 13, 2015, Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: November 13, 2015,Predoctoral Fellowship Deadline: November 20, 2015)
  • New: The National GEM Consortium Fellowship Program (Deadline: November 15, 2015)
  • New: The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship Program (Deadline: November 30, 2015)
  • New: Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship (Deadline: November 13, 2015)
  • New: CLIR Mellon dissertation research fellowships (Deadline: November 20, 2015)


The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2016. The deadline is December 15, 2015.

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.
Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

* Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
* Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
* Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
* Travel arrangements to and from appointment site

Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university. The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Visit the website for more information or to apply. Contact:

“Getting from Here to There” faculty talks

Want to know how your professors made their academic and career choices? Come hear their stories at the new faculty talks series.

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:15pm in 6-120, Professor Emery Brown will share his journey to becoming a renowned neuroscientist, anesthesiologist, statistician, and MIT faculty member.

Dates and speakers for the rest of the series:

Shigeru Miyagawa, Oct. 6, 5:15 pm, 3-133
Maria Zuber, Oct. 14, 5:15 pm, 6-120
Paula Hammond, Oct. 28, 5:15 pm, 6-120
Will Broadhead, Nov. 10, 5:15 pm, 3-133
Robert Langer, Nov. 30, 4:15 pm, 6-120

Leadingage Hackfest Oct. 30 – Nov. 1

LeadingAge has opened the application period for the 2015 LeadingAge HackFest, their annual event that challenges participants to “Engage with Age” by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families. Anyone with an interest in technology (you don’t need to be a computer programmer) is encouraged to apply. The tool you and your team develops could be an app, a website, an interactive online experience, or a device. Participants will have 1 day to design and build their tool. Tools don’t need to be fully developed or complete, but presentations should include a plan for how the project could be implemented and launched. Participants will keep intellectual property rights to anything they create during the hackathon. A Youtube video about the event is available here. Details about the event and an application to participate can be found at our website. Photo by Sean MacEntee

Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) information session, Oct. 9

Institute for Medical Engineering (IMES) and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST)  is holding an information session about MIT’s Certificate Program in Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS)—a part-time certificate program to supplement existing MIT PhD curricula. GEMS provides students with the training to translate their basic research to clinical settings.

If you are interested in learning about medicine and how your work may have relevance to medicine, and answer yes to any of the following questions, then attend the GEMS Information Session, Friday October 9, 2–3 pm. 

  • Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real world health care?
  • Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard Medical community?
  • Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?
  • Are you near graduation and interested in post-doc opportunities in a medical setting?
  • Do you aspire to create a biomedical business?

Please RSVP to Dominique Altarejos: Visit the GEMS website for more information or to download an application to the certificate training program.

Information session on fellowships with JSPS, Oct. 9

JSPS is one of the largest research funding agency in Japan supporting all fields of disciplines incl. natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities,

Its Washington Office invites you to attend an info session, Friday, Oct. 9, 6–8 pm Northwest Bldg. Harvard University, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge. The session will offer an overview of the following funding opportunities:

Summer Program: 2 months in summer for Pre/Postdocs; Postdoctoral Fellowships: 1–12 months for Pre/Postdocs; 12–24 months for Postdocs; Invitation Fellowships: Long-term (2–10 months for assist. prof./higher level), Short-term (14–60 days for assoc. prof./higher level), Short-term (7–14 days for Nobel Prize level)


Part-Time Educator at the MIT Museum Sep. 2015 – Jun. 2016

Are you interested in teaching or science outreach? Are you interested in informal education? The Museum is seeking graduate students to facilitate STEM workshops for middle and high school students from September 2015 through June 2016. Three-hour shifts will be available Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 4pm. The ideal candidate should be flexible, interested in learning teaching best practices, and available 1-2 days a week. Visit our website for more information. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

Medical Device Development Oct. 29, 30

Now accepting applications for Harvard Catalysts Medical Device Development course. This two-day course happening October 29-30, 2015 will provide an introduction to medical device innovation, development, and translation. This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions [Includes MIT Postdocs and Graduate Students] and will take place at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA.  For more information and a detailed description of Medical Device Development, please visit our website or contact us at with any questions. Apply here by September 18, 2015!

Versatile PhD, non-academic career path discussions

Every year Versatile PhD runs an online series of panel discussions in the asynchronous discussion forums on the site. Each discussion focuses on a specific non-academic career that is open to PhDs, and features 4–6 PhDs or ABDs currently working in that career.

Panel discussions coming up in this academic year:

Sep. 14–18: “Careers in Technology Transfer” in the STEM forum (more information)
Oct. 19–23: “Careers in Publishing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum
Nov. 16–20: “University Administration for STEM” in the STEM forum
Jan. 25–29: “Careers in Business” in the Humanities/Social Science forum
Feb. 22–26: “Careers in Software Engineering” in the STEM forum
Mar. 14–18: “Careers in Technical Writing” in the Humanities/Social Science forum

Visit this website to access the Versatile PhD online community.

Recruitment Event: Careers with Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) established in 2012, in collaboration with MIT, invite you to join them at the following information and recruitment event: Tuesday September 22, 7–9 pm at the Residence Inn by Marriott 6 Cambridge Center. (Registration starts at 6:30 pm)

SUTD is offering faculty opportunities in the following academic pillars: Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD).

Register for the event by sending your latest CV to (You can submit your CV for SUTD’s consideration even if you are unable to attend the event.) Or contact Jake Livengood, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services Building E39-305.

Become a graduate community fellow for 2015-16

Interested in joining a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways? Openings are available for 2015-16 Graduate Community Fellows. Receive a monthly stipend while you gain experience. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Open positions include:

  • Institute Community and Equity Office
  • Graduate Orientation
  • Language Conversation Exchange
  • Programs for Women (Fall 2015 only)
  • Violence Prevention and Response Programming Development

For additional information, please see the positions website. Apply now!


Date: October 15-16  (Deadline to Apply: August 31)
Location: 2015 Cambridge, MA

MIT invites top early career women in civil and environmental engineering and related domains (e.g. mechanics, materials, environmental and earth science) who are interested in careers in academia to apply to attend this new innovative workshop to be held on the MIT campus.

The event will bring together the next generation of female CEE leaders from across the country for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. It will feature research presentations from the participants, faculty talks, panels on issues relevant to academic careers, and opportunities for informal networking with other MIT faculty. Space is limited, so apply now. A group of 20 outstanding candidates will be selected from all submissions.

Eligibility: Applicants must be female and be within approximately one year of graduating with their PhD or have obtained their PhD no earlier than 2010.

Applicants should apply by visiting the CEE Rising Stars web site. In addition, applicants must submit a nomination letter from a faculty member, a CV, and a one page research statement. Visit the web site to apply and see the complete submission instructions. MIT will cover meals and shared accommodation for two nights, and reimburse up to $600 in travel (air, rail).

Sign Up for 15.367 / HST.978 – Healthcare Ventures!

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 5-8PM
Location: E25-117

This class takes ideas from Design Thinking & from the Lean Startup movement – for a principled approach to starting companies in healthcare. The class includes a group of very experienced faculty who, together with their network, provide extensive mentoring through the process. Perfect for anyone with a new technology they want to turn into a company, or just someone with the passion, energy, and desire to change healthcare. Led by Martha Gray (HST Professor), Zen Chu (Senior Lecturer at Sloan), and a variety of faculty from the medical, engineering, & business communities. Please reach out to the TA Chris Lee ( with questions and apply here! We hope to see you!


When: MW, 10:00 – 11:30 beginning Sept. 9, 2015
Where: E62-250

  • An action learning course open to all MIT students.
  • Work in teams on projects in health including operations management, IT, strategy, marketing, etc.
  • Work on real-world problems for health organizations.
  • Projects are in the Boston area for 15.767 or may be international for 15.777.
  • Learn about the challenges of US healthcare delivery from leading experts in health organizations such as payers, providers, IT, startups, etc.

Student Registration Now Open For MIT Fall Career Fair

When: September 25th, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center, MIT Campus

Are you looking for exposure to top companies in your field? Are you looking for a full time job or summer internship? Registration is now open for the MIT Fall Career Fair! Register online (using your MIT email), upload your resume, browse the 380+ participating companies, and drop your resume with companies that interest you. For more details, please visit the Fall Career Fair website or contact:

PepsiCo Career Exploration Day for PhDs

When: December 14, 2015 (Deadline to apply: Sep. 25, 2015)
Where: New York Academy of Sciences Headquarters
Contact: Stephanie Latscu,

We are looking to invite individuals with experience in the following key areas: Life Sciences, Engineering, Food Sciences and Material Sciences

We invite graduate students (MS, and PhD) and postdocs to apply by submitting an application form (found at the event page) to Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Applicants should label the subject line of their emails “December Career Day”. Limited travel awards will be handled on a case-by-case basis in order to facilitate national and international participation.

On December 14, 2015, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special Journey through Science Day at the Academy’s headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo’s R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers, and gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a global team environment. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. There will be an award ceremony for the best posters at the end of the event (see flyer attach). For more information about the agenda or for application information, please visit the website! If you have questions or would like to speak about these opportunities in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact

The Science Alliance is a consortium of universities, teaching hospitals, and independent research facilities committed to advancing the careers of students and postdocs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Science Alliance provides career advice and opportunities to network and interact with investigators across many institutions and disciplines. Learn more here.