Graduate Student Experience Grants

Since 2002, the Graduate Student Life Grants program has been a successful request-for-proposal process that invites graduate students, spouses, faculty, and staff to submit creative ideas that kick-start community-building projects. We have recently expanded this program to cover more facets of the graduate student experience and rebranded it accordingly as the “Graduate Student Experience Grants (GSEG).”

Next funding deadline: April 30 (accepting submissions April 1 – 30)

The GSEG grant cycle will occur 4 times throughout the year: January 1-31, April 1-30, July 1-31, and October 1-31.

Funding may be requested for activities in the following categories:

  • Department-, Lab-, or Center-based student events & activities
  • Student-organized conferences or workshops
  • Innovative Projects

Proposals for creative projects in the following areas should apply under the Innovative Projects category:

  • Students with children
  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • Professional & leadership development
  • Healthy living
  • Arts and civic engagement
  • Community-building across disciplines
  • Outreach
  • Advisor – advisee relations

Also, please note that on campus / in person events are currently limited. Please see the events description under the FAQ here and updated events policy. Please email gradexperience@mit.edu for further questions.

Who can apply

Anyone interested in improving the graduate student experience can apply, including graduate students and student groups, faculty, staff, and alumni.

How & when to apply

Complete the online application by April 30, 2021. If you would like to explore your ideas with someone before you submit your proposal, contact the grants staff at gradexperience [at] mit.edu.

Please note: if you plan to apply by April 30 but your project has a start date prior to May 15, 2021, this may not the appropriate funding source for you as decisions and funds will not be available before that date.