Graduate Community Fellows

The Graduate Community Fellows program offers a sustained and systematic method of building graduate community at MIT, especially in the directions of interest for the OGE.

In addition, the Fellows have the opportunity to interact intimately with administrators, advocate for student interests, and gain valuable leadership experience. 

— former Fellow

Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Current open positions are listed in the section below; details about all current positions are found on the “Current Fellow positions” page.

As a cadre, Fellows meet regularly to coordinate efforts, and to pool their observations and reflections. They have the opportunity to advise the OGE about the needs of the graduate student community, and serve as an important conduit for informing the OGE about the graduate student experience.

To serve as a Graduate Community Fellow, a graduate student must meet minimal eligibility requirements and agree to the terms of appointment (below). Appointment periods for Fellow positions vary.

Open Positions:

Celebrating Graduate Students: Writing

This Fellow works closely with, and reports to, the OVC Communications Officer. The goal of this position is to make the diversity of MIT’s graduate students more visible, and to provide a window into the graduate experience for prospective graduate students. You will be asked to provide a writing sample when applying for the position.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Create pieces for MIT Campus News on graduate students

  • Interview graduate students about their work, involvements, and/or background.
  • Organize a photo shoot with a professional photographer.
  • Write pieces for MIT Campus News which may take the form of a medium-length story piece, a photo montage, or a question-and-answer piece.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong writing and interpersonal skills; ability to meet deadlines; interest in photography or graphics; enjoys working on a team. Please note that applicants will be required to submit a writing sample with their applications.


Applications for open positions should be submitted through this link. They will be reviewed as they are submitted; positions will be filled ASAP but some may not begin until the beginning of the next semester. Please contact with any questions.


  • All graduate students who are registered and in good standing in a full time degree program at MIT for the current academic year are eligible to apply. (An international student who has full support in the form of an RA or TA is not eligible during regular academic terms – see Graduate Policies and Procedures for more information.)
  • Fellows must be in the Boston/Cambridge area for the term of their position. A student in nonresident doctoral thesis research status, or thesis-in-absentia status, is not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should have been enrolled at MIT for at least one semester.
  • Renewal of a position is not automatic. Current or previous GCFs who wish to be renewed should speak with their supervisor.

Terms of position

  • The typical Graduate Community Fellow position runs September 1 through May 31however, other term lengths are possible depending upon the nature of the position. See position descriptions for position-specific information.
  • Graduate Community Fellows will receive $850 per month for for 10 hours a week working on GCF tasks. Duties are outlined in each position’s description.
  • A Fellow can be dismissed prior to agreed upon timeline for conduct considered detrimental to the Office of Graduate Education, or for failure to accomplish to their responsibilities as a Graduate Community Fellow. Should one be dismissed, the payments will cease. If the OGE and GCF’s supervisor determine that the person accepted GCF payments during a time period in which the position responsibilities were not met, the OGE may pursue reimbursement of the payments from the Fellow.

Request a new position

MIT Offices interested in establishing a new graduate community fellow position should first reach out to for instructions on how to develop a proposal. All proposals must include a position description detailing the role, responsibilities, and a list of specific, concrete tasks. Supervisors must regularly meet with their fellow for mentoring and advising as well as report annually on progress. Supervisors may also anticipate some meetings with the program administrator and other supervisors throughout the year.