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.

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:

  • Addir Interfaith Dialogue
  • Data VisualizationSpecialist: Blacks at MIT History Project
  • DSL Online Life Learning
  • Financial Literacy
  • Grad Accomplishments Writer
  • GSC Creative Media Manager
  • Institute Community and Equity Office
  • 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!

Dissertation Boot Camp

Date: 27 July to 5th August 2015 (pick days that work for you!)
Time: 10 to 5pm
Location: Barker Library, 8th floor

Is the August 6th deadline looming on you and you have yet to finish your thesis? Or maybe you haven’t even started?! Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath and relax, and know that the GSC is providing a quiet place for you to work on your thesis with other graduate students during the July-August Dissertation Bootcamp! This will take place at Barker Library, 8th Floor from 10 am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays from 27 July to 5th August! Breakfast will be provided everyday, and you can sign up to attend everyday or just the days that work best for you. Writing your thesis doesn’t have to be isolating! We are prioritizing the September List candidates for slots first! We definitely look forward to seeing you!

RSVP here now! Please email for any questions!

GWAMIT & Intel Women PhD Engineers Luncheon and Career Development Discussion

Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: TBD (MIT Campus)

Intel will be in town this week, and we’d like to invite members of GWAMIT to join our women PhD engineers for a casual lunch and career development discussion. The event is on Thursday, July 30, 12:00 – 1:00 PM and lunch will be provided. Location still to be determined, check event page soon. RSVP now! The topic is open to anything of interest to GWAMIT members, and we encourage questions around work/life balance, working in a male dominated field, value of graduate degree, etc. This is your time to ask whatever is on your mind! Contact:

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 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!


Date: Application Deadline August 10

The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is now soliciting proposals for several fellowships for graduate student support for Academic Year 2015/2016. Each source of funding has an emphasis on students working in the broad area of cancer research. Funds are available in the following categories:

1. Seven (7) fellowships are available through Koch, Ludwig and other endowed funds for School of Science graduate students working in cancer research.

2. One (1) fellowship is available through blended Koch Institute funds for an MIT graduate student working in cancer research.

3. Three (3) fellowships are available through the Ludwig Research Funds in support of MIT graduate students with metastasis as their research focuses.

Awards will fund academic year stipend (9-Months at the standard School of Science/Engineering stipend rate), medical insurance and tuition for each successful candidate. Selection criteria include demonstrated progress and accomplishments, cancer relevance and potential of student to realize the goals of the project. Preference will be given to students in the later years of their PhD research.The application should be written by the student and should make clear the relevance of the work to cancer research. Paper applications (three copies) should consist of:

  • Cover page with applicant name, MIT Academic Program and year of study, title of project, faculty supervisor and which of the categories of funding that you are applying for. Please also note if you have received previous fellowships from the KI.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • 3 page (maximum) outline of student’s research progress to date and plans for continuation of the thesis research.
  • One letter of recommendation is required. The letter should be from the student’s faculty advisor and should summarize prior and current mechanisms for support. Letters may be mailed directly from the PI to Lori Spindler, 76-158,  ( or may be sealed in an envelope and included with the application.

Applications must be received (Attn: Lori Spindler) by August 10, 2015, no later than noon. No extensions will be granted and incomplete submittals will not be reviewed. A faculty committee will review all applications and awards will be made effective September 1, 2015.

NOTE: While there is no limit on the number of applications from an individual laboratory, it is not typical that more than one application from a laboratory would be funded.

Rising Stars Workshop

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).