ODGE Fellowships

Generous donors have provided MIT with permanent funds in support of fellowships, many of which have unique restrictions. The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education administers a number of these endowed fellowships through an annual competition in March. All nominations (both for new awards and for renewal requests) must be submitted by the departmental graduate office on behalf of the student. Students who qualify for one of the fellowships should contact their graduate administrator in order to be considered for nomination.

The following symbols are used in the fellowship descriptions:

Citizens US citizens may apply
Permanent residents Permanent residents may apply
Internationals Internationals may apply

ODGE fellowships: Early March 2015 (exact dateTBD)

Nominations for the following fellowships are typically due in March. Awards will be decided by the first week of April, with the exception of the Hugh Hampton Young. (Finalists for the Hugh Hampton Young will be chosen by mid-late April; those finalists will then be interviewed, with final awards to be decided in early May). The department, as the nominator, will be notified first of all decisions. Students will receive confirmation of any award via written letter by May 1; prior to that date, they may contact their department for updates. Students who are chosen for fellowship renewal should please note that any stipend increases take effect in September.

 

Nominations

With the exception of the Ida M. Green Fellowship and the Endowed Fellowships of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the ODGE accepts only one nomination per department for each award. Graduate administrators may contact Scott Tirrell for copies of the nomination form or with questions about submitting nominations to the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

Nomination packets include the following for each new candidate (and for Hugh Hampton Young renewals):

  • A completed copy of the nomination form, preferably with an endorsement from the Department Head
  • A brief (1-2 pages) research summary from the student, or, for first year students, a copy of the nominee’s “statement of objectives” from his or her application for admission
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A transcript (for currently enrolled students, unofficial transcript or grade report is fine)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the department (for currently enrolled students), or from the applicant’s admissions folder

Renewal candidates will be considered along side new candidates for funding requests. Note: If the department chooses to nominate a current fellow for renewal of a fellowship, then it may not also nominate a new student. Requests for a renewal should include the following:

  • A copy of the nomination form as the cover page (available from the graduate administrator)
  • An updated CV
  • A current unofficial transcript or grade report
  • A renewal request from the student’s advisor, indicating that the student is in good standing, a brief description of progress, and anticipated date of degree.

 

A complete listing of these competitive fellowships due March 10, 2014 follows. Please note that fellowship stipend amounts for 2014-2015 may change once Institute RA/TA stipends have been set for FY2015.

 

William Asbjornsen Albert Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One
Field: Science and Engineering
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsAny graduate student conducting research in any phase of modern science and engineering.

 

Eli and Dorothy Berman Fund Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards:

One

Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: One semester, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsFirst preference is given to Israeli graduate students, graduates of the Technion in Israel or students doing research with MIT profressors affiliated with Technion.

 

Collamore-Rogers Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771  per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsWomen graduate students

 

Endowed Fellowships of the Arab Republic of Egypt 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Up to ten
Nominations/
Department:
There is no limit upon the number of nominees for this fellowship per department.
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a premium stipend of $2,927 per month
Tenure: Nine months, possibility of renewal
Eligibility: InternationalsFor citizens of the Arab Republic of Egypt with demonstrated excellence in their chosen field, with engineering and economics preferred, and then the sciences. Nominees must have a commitment to public service and the advancement of Egyptian society, and have a stated interest in working for the betterment of the people of Egypt after graduation.
Additional materials: In addition to the usual nomination materials, nominations for this fellowship must include:

  • Student statement of interest in working for the betterment of the people of Egypt after graduation

Note: Students will be expected to return to Egypt within two years of graduation to begin working, except in the case of a masters’ student pursuing a higher degree at MIT. The ODGE will share any nominations with the Ministry of Finance of the Arab Republic of Egypt so that nominees can receive the Ministry’s recommendation. As part of this process, the Ministry may contact students directly about their work plans after graduation. See the Ministry of Finance (Arab Republic of Egypt) web site for the Ministry’s criteria in providing its recommendations.

 

Ida M. Green Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: 11 full fellowships, 3 summer stipend only awards
Nominations/
Department:
Each department may nominate one MIT senior woman who will be entering a graduate program at MIT (for a 9-month fellowship), one non-MIT woman entering a graduate program (for a 9-month fellowship), and one MIT senior OR non-MIT woman for 3 months of first-year summer stipend support.
*** Each department may nominate 1 student in each of these 3 categories.
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance, and a stipend of $2,927 per month, OR 3 months of summer stipend support
Tenure: Nine months OR Three months, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsNominees must be entering women graduate students

 

John S. Hennessy Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One
Field: Environmental studies
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771  per month
Tenure: One semester (fall or spring), not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsAny graduate student pursuing environmental studies

 

T.S. Lin Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Two
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: InternationalsGraduate students from the Tatung Institute, or a student from the Republic of China recommended by the Tatung Institute

 

Wellington and Irene Loh Fund Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Four
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: One semester (fall or spring), not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsSupport for Graduate students of Chinese ancestry.

Robert Newman Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: No longer ODGE fellowship, please contact the Department of Architecture for more information
Field: Architecture
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsAny graduate student in the field of architecture

 

Donald O’Brien Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Three (total includes any renewals)
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: Nine months, possibility of renewal for second year
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsA graduate student who is a graduate of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

 

Henry C. (1926) and Frances Keany Rickard Fund Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Not offered this year
Field: Life sciences*
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: One semester (Fall or Spring), not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationals*For a graduate student in the life sciences, or for a student in any field who received undergraduate scholarship assistance from the EDWARD M. RICKARD FUND at MIT. Additionally, preference will be given to graduates of the Haverhill High School of Haverhill, MA; however, this is not a requirement for eligibility.

 

Chyn Duog Shiah Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Two
Field: Engineering
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771  per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsSupport for a graduate student of Chinese ancestry, with some preference to students majoring in chemical engineering

 

Luis Francisco Verges Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One (total includes any renewals)
Field: Research related to the sugar industry
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: One semester (Fall or Spring)
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsAny graduate student conducting work in the field of the sugar industry

 

George and Marie Vergottis Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: Nine months, not renewable
Eligibility: InternationalsAny graduate student of Greek nationality

 

Whitaker Health Sciences Fund Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Two (total includes any renewals)
Field: Life Sciences or Bioengineering
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: 12 months, possibility of renewal for a second year
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsA doctoral student in the life sciences or bioengineering, devoting more than 50 percent time to thesis research

 

Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: Variable
Field: Unrestricted
Amount: Tuition and/or stipend as determined by the Hugh Hampton Young Selection Committee
Tenure: Nine to twelve months, awardees may be nominated for a new award in successive cycles
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsNominees are recommended to the Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Council for final selection. Candidates must have completed at least three years of undergraduate education. Candidates must have spent at least one year enrolled at MIT (either as a graduate or undergraduate student). The committee weights exceptional personal and character strengths more heavily than academic achievement; it also weights heavily the degree to which a candidate’s objectives would have a positive impact on humanity. A desirable candidate is one who has demonstrated:
1) High integrity and moral character
2) Strong will and determination to accomplish
3) Clear coordination and leadership skills
4) Exceptionally broad interests
5) Interdisciplinary training and development
6) Creativity in cross-disciplinary concepts.Nominees are encouraged to review the biography of Hugh Hampton Young. It was the objective of the anonymous founder of this Fellowship to foster the development of outstanding individuals with the great breadth of vision and interests, and the capacity for technical leadership as exemplified by Hugh Hampton Young.
For some accomplishments of former Hugh Hampton Young fellows, see these news items.

 

Zakhartchenko Fellowship 2014-2015

Number of Awards: One (total includes any renewals)
Field: See Eligibility
Amount: Tuition, student health insurance and a stipend of $2,771 per month
Tenure: One semester (Fall or Spring), possibility of renewal for a second year
Eligibility: CitizensPermanent residentsInternationalsGraduate students with preference to those interested in or performing research in one of the following areas:
1) Time as a basic energy of the universe;
2) Unconventional aircraft, flight theories and transportation methods;
3) Hypersonic flight.

 

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