Funded in 2020-2021

This year graduate student life grants underwent a transition to focus more broadly on the graduate student experience incorporating broader categories of events. Also students are now able to four times per year July, October, January, and April (note July grant cycle was not held for 2020).

In the 19th round of funding, 6 new proposals out of the total 12 submitted were offered funding by the Office of Graduate Education.  Since the program was introduced in 2002, the grant selection panel has reviewed 562 proposals and funded 335 of those. For more information, contact

Rainbow Dance

Through music, movement, and storytelling, Rainbow dance provides a symbolic journey into the world of Nature and relationship, encouraging the growth of an empowered and self-nurturing child.

Virtual Music Time for Kids

A virtual music instruction to promote education and bonding for children and their parents.

Community Building through Ice Cream Socials

The CMS Graduate Student Ice Cream Social will help connect CMS master’s students across class years through bi-monthly ice cream social hours. 

Synergy II: Communicating Ocean Science Through Art

Synergy II is designed to unite ocean scientists (e.g. doctoral students from the MIT-WHOI joint program) with artists (from Art League Rhode Island) in finding a common language to communicate oceanographic life and activity through artistic expression.

Career Panel and Workshops for Water Sector

Connecting graduate students with industry/ NGO professionals and academics to offer perspectives on potential career paths within the water sector.

Writing Together Online

Training and mentoring graduate students to facilitate writing groups for grad students to build a community of academic writers with the MIT writing center.