Graduate Policies & Procedures

Financial Assistance

Many graduate students are eligible to receive one or more forms of financial assistance in the course of their degree programs. These may include appointments to the research or teaching staffs, employment as a resident tutor in an undergraduate residence, loans, or selection as a recipient of one of various internally funded competitive fellowships.

Moreover, many students come to MIT with financial assistance from a wide variety of federal, foundation, and corporate sources of funds for graduate study and research. These programs typically have specific requirements governing the student’s tenure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure continued eligibility for the financial assistance.

The ODGE has administrative oversight of all research assistant, teaching assistant, and fellowship related appointments and awards. The responsibility is to ensure adherence to Institute guidelines with regard to stipend awards and the terms and conditions of fellowship awards.

The ODGE works collaboratively with departments and programs to resolve problems and concerns with respect to an individual’s appointment or award. The fellowships and grants administrator in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education serves as the local agent for many, but not all, of the externally provided resources, and can often help to clarify eligibility requirements and act as an intermediary.