Supported by The MIT Leadership Center, Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, and Student Activities Office, the MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute (MIT GSLI) is a first-of-its-kind, peer-led collaboration across all MIT graduate schools to further develop the leadership skills, experience, and network of outstanding MIT graduate students who have already exhibited strong leadership capacity. Out of the hectic pace of studying at MIT, the program carves out dedicated time and space for purposeful, authentic reflection and connection across disciplines.
According to past participants, this is an intense and deeply rewarding program. A kick-off retreat on Cape Cod and six mandatory weekly meetings build strong friendships, leadership skills and reflections, and a peer network bolstered by alumni programming that continues after the MIT GSLI semester is over.
Come meet us! Please join past MIT GSLI fellows on Friday, Sept 9, from 10:00am to 11:00am in Killian Courtyard by the Institute steps, we will be hanging out for any questions and hoping for nice weather (otherwise we’ll be in Lobby 10!).
Program Application and Requirements
All MIT graduate students pursuing degrees are invited to apply (three short questions and a resume) by 5:00pm EST on Friday, September 9. Please email with any questions, and also email your resume using the title LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf. Select applications will be invited for a brief interview conversation starting the weekend of September 10, and all applicants will be notified of their status by September 19.
To build a strong and cohesive group, 100% attendance at the Cape Cod retreat and weekly sessions is required. Please do not apply if you cannot make this commitment. Retreat transportation, housing, and meals are all included; however, Fellows are asked to contribute $40 to help defray semester costs. All weekly sessions run from 8:00-10:00pm on the MIT campus, with dinner provided at each session starting at 7:30pm. Dates will be:
Friday, September 23 (depart MIT ~7:00pm) – Sunday, September 25 (return to MIT ~3:00pm)
Monday, October 3 8:00-10:00pm
Monday, October 17 8:00-10:00pm
Monday, October 24 8:00-10:00pm
Monday, October 31 8:00-10:00pm
Monday, November 7 8:00-10:00pm
Monday, November 14 8:00-10:00pm
Testimonials From Past MIT GSLI Fellows
“This program has been one of the most valuable experiences that I’ve had at MIT.”
“Definitely there is strong value in this program as it helps to build networks across MIT.”
“Diversity in every aspect, discipline, work experience, future goals etc., made our Forum group a fantastic platform to bounce off interesting ideas.”
“A wonderful program to bring students from all schools together. Not all graduate students receive the same types of opportunities. GSLI fulfills this gap really well.”
“In my top two best experiences at MIT. The only program that nurtured the soul.”