Graduate Policies & Procedures


Applicants to MIT graduate programs who seek financial support from any of the fellowships, traineeships, or scholarships administered by MIT, including those granted by national agencies and foundations, should check the appropriate items on the regular Graduate Application for Admission and Financial Aid. After admission to an advanced degree program, applicants are considered for any awards for which they are eligible. Currently enrolled graduate students who seek financial support should consult with the appropriate department.

Applications for fellowship aid from resources internal to MIT and scheduled for distribution beginning in June or September must be filed by the previous January 15. Applications filed after this date are considered only as funds are available. Applications for aid from prospective students will not be considered unless they have been accepted into a graduate program. Final decisions on financial aid are usually made by departments at the end of March when the announcement of awards by the national agencies and foundations is also made.

A student who wins a fellowship through a national competition is not usually also considered for an award by MIT. Occasionally a student who holds a fellowship or scholarship award from a non-MIT source may receive a supplementary stipend from MIT. Normally the amount of the combined stipends should not exceed the “take home” stipend of a full time research assistant.

Under Section 117 of the US Internal Revenue Code of 1986, that portion of such grants which exceeds tuition and direct educational expenses is subject to income tax. Stipends received by legal residents of Massachusetts are subject to state income tax.