Martin Fellowships for Sustainability, apply by Feb. 29

February 1, 2016

Each MIT faculty member is invited to nominate one outstanding student to become a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for 2016-2017.  The student should presently be a second- or third-year graduate student pursuing doctoral research and should be a resident at MIT during the Fellowship period. Nominees should be working in, or interested in, an area of environment and sustainability as indicated by his/her clearly  articulated statement of interest, subjects taken, and proposed research area.  Selected fellows are awarded two semesters of funding. Complete nomination packets are due by email to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education no later than 5:00 pm EST on Monday, February 29, 2016.


  • Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, Martin Fellow funding will include two semesters of support.
  • Every MIT faculty member is eligible to nominate one candidate for the Martin Society each year.
  • Martin Fellows join a diverse peer group to share research and multidisciplinary networking and career development activities.


Nomination packets should be submitted to Scott Tirrell, Manager of Graduate Fellowships, ODGE at in two parts.

Part 1:  STUDENT CANDIDATE:  Submit the following, in a single pdf, in the order given below:

  1. A completed Martin Fellow Nomination cover sheet (attached to this email).
  2. The student’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A current, unofficial copy of the student’s transcript (this can be obtained free of charge with photo ID from Student Financial Services, room 11-120).  Note that the Martin Society seeks students with outstanding academic credentials; candidates should be able to demonstrate a GPA of 4.5 or higher.
  4. A statement of interest from the student.  The statement should directly address the three questions below.  IMPORTANT NOTE: the statement must be written with a multidisciplinary audience clearly in mind.  Reviewers will be from multiple disciplines, and non-specialists should be able to clearly understand your work and its implications for the environment and sustainability.
    • What is your research question? How do you plan to answer it (methods, workplan)? (2 pages maximum)
    • How will your project contribute to sustainability? (1 paragraph)
    • Why should we support you as a sustainability fellow: what is the history of your commitment to sustainability?  and/or, what are your plans for future sustainability work? (1 paragraph)

Part 2:  FACULTY ADVISOR:  Submit the following as a pdf:

  1. A signed letter of nomination on MIT letterhead that provides an appraisal of the student’s qualifications and capabilities and indicates why he/she believes the student should be awarded a Martin Fellowship for Sustainability

Selection Process
Martin Fellows are selected by a faculty committee representing all five MIT Schools. Approximately ten Fellows will be funded for 2016-2017.  Award decisions are expected in April 2016.

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