CONVERGE applications are now open!


Please note that the deadline has been extended to August 28th at 11:55 pm.


The CONVERGE mission is to increase the presence of underrepresented and underserved students in MIT’s graduate programs. To achieve this goal, CONVERGE hosts a four-day graduate school preview weekend on the MIT campus during the fall.


  • Selects participants who will be strong applicants to MIT graduate programs
  • Exposes selected students to MIT’s graduate programs, facilities, campus life, and the Boston/Cambridge area
  • Connects participants with MIT faculty, staff, and graduate students involved in the graduate school admissions process
  • Covers all expenses (travel, hotel, meals) for the preview weekend

Program Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2015
October 1 – 4
MIT Campus
Cambridge, MA


July 15th: Application opens
August 28th: Application closes at 11:55 PM EST



  • Must be Juniors, Seniors or recent graduates in Fall 2015
  • Must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, OR attend an undergraduate institution in the U.S. other than MIT
    • International students studying at a US institution are eligible to apply. However, the program does target domestic, underrepresented minorities. International students studying abroad are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Must be available October 1st – 4th
  • Should have a genuine interest in research and earning a PhD

CONVERGE applicants interested in the MIT Media lab are strongly encouraged to attend the Media Lab Open House.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants interested in the Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences & Engineering or Chemistry Departments are NOT eligible for CONVERGE and should instead apply for the Dow-MIT ACCESS Program.






Application Requirements

To be considered, you must submit ALL of the following application materials by the deadline (8/28 at 11:55 pm). Applications missing any of the required components will NOT be considered. By submitting the completed application, you are committing to being available October 1-4th if selected.

  • Completed program application

  • 2 – 3 Letters of Recommendation that can speak to your potential in a research environment from faculty, including your research advisor/mentor

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from current and previous colleges/universities attended

    PLEASE NOTE: Instructions for letter of recommendation and transcript submission will be in the application


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