Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship, Apply by Jan. 9

January 4, 2017

This is an external fellowship. Each graduate program may submit one nomination and accompanying application materials to the ODGE for consideration in the internal MIT competition for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship. The ODGE will evaluate, select, and submit three applications for nomination to the Liebmann Trust on behalf of MIT.  Internal applications must be submitted as single, consolidated PDF files to Scott Tirrell ( by 5 pm on Monday, January 9th.

The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America (undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates).
The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.

  • The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  • The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • The candidate may be of any national descent or background.

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend of $18,000 to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.
Internal Application Requirements: 

  • 2016-2017 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship application (see attached)
  • Unofficial graduate transcript or Websis grade report.
  • A Statement of Purpose (up to 3 pages, double spaced) which considers the relationship between the student’s graduate studies and intended personal and/or professional goals. Statement of purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in page limit) that explains (in layman’s terms) the student’s degree program, giving emphasis to its eventual intellectual impact on the field of study.
    Letters of recommendation from two (2) professors who have taught or worked closely with the student.

Internal applications must be submitted as single, consolidated PDF files to Scott Tirrell ( by 5 pm on Monday, January 9th. The ODGE will notify candidates of the status of their internal application by Friday, January 13 and request the below additional materials from the 3 selected candidates by no later than Thursday, January 19th (the Liebmann Foundation postmark deadline is January 23rd). It is recommended that applicants compile this extra material requested by the Liebmann Foundation well before ODGE makes the final selections as some of the material may take some time to compile.  The 3 candidates selected by the ODGE should hand-deliver the below material to Scott Tirrell, 35-332B (please no staples).
Please note that selected candidates will need to provide the following additional materials for the full application:

  • Official undergradu ate and graduate transcripts.
  • One copy of their graduate exam test scores (this does not need to be a certified copy – it can come from MIT department files. If test scores were not required for admissions, please include a letter form the department stating so)
  • One copy of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • One copy of their MIT financial aid summary (can be obtained from MIT Student Financial Services)
  • One copy of their federal income tax returns for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).

Selected candidates will also have the option of providing additional faculty letters of recommendation. Please do not hesitate to call 617-324-7021 or email with questions regarding the application requirements.

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