"MIT's excellence depends on the brilliance of its graduate students. For these remarkable young minds, a fellowship offers the confidence and freedom to chase big ideas and seek answers to the hardest questions."
The members of MIT’s growing graduate student body—currently representing 60% of the total student population—help us recruit and retain top faculty who wish to work with them; drive research and discovery forward; contribute to undergraduate teaching and mentoring; and deeply enhance campus life and community. Fellowships give MIT the capacity to retain its competitive edge in attracting the most talented, inventive, and diverse graduate students from around the world. Such broader sources of assured funding also enable faculty to make room in their labs for students who are promising but yet unproven or who have potentially interdisciplinary interests, which results in a student body of extraordinary range and depth. And by lifting the burden of financial worries, fellowships empower graduate students to focus on their work—to explore new paths, pursue their passions, and make the most of their time at MIT.