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Featured Fellowships

The fellowships listed below are what we consider to be popular among students within the MIT community. Students apply directly through the granting agencies listed below for consideration.

The following symbols are used in the fellowship descriptions:

US Citizens Eligible

U.S. citizens are eligible

Permanent residents are eligible

Internationals are eligible

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

HHMI Gilliam Fellows Program

The Gilliam Fellows Program aspires to build a more inclusive scientific ecosystem by supporting scientists at two levels—graduate students and their faculty thesis advisers.

The program invests in graduate trainees who are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in science and empowers them as future science leaders. The Fellowship also provides support for thesis advisers to enhance their mentorship skills and act as change-makers to develop more inclusive and healthy scientific training environments.

Each adviser-student pair receives an annual award of $53,000 for up to three years. Fellows join a vibrant community and are offered leadership training, professional development, and opportunities to engage with and learn from peers, program alumni, and HHMI scientists. Their advisers also join a cohort of peers, participate in HHMI’s intensive, one-year mentorship skills development course, and create a project that promotes healthy and inclusive graduate training environments.

Deadline: December


Permanent residents are eligibleU.S. citizens are eligible

Jane Street Graduate Research Fellowship

The Jane Street Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) supports exceptional doctoral students currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics.

At Jane Street, we take a rigorous, quantitative approach to trading on global markets, combining techniques from machine learning, distributed systems, programmable hardware, statistics, and applied mathematics. Our culture is steeped in games, puzzles, and challenging problems. With the Graduate Research Fellowship, we’re excited to support PhD students who share our values: technical excellence, intellectual curiosity, and humility.

Deadline: December


Internationals are eligiblePermanent residents are eligibleU.S. citizens are eligible

Featured: Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
P.O. Box 5032
Livermore, CA 94551-5032
Telephone (925) 373-1642

This fellowship is administered by the Office of Graduate Education. Contact with questions.

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the PhD degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. The awards are for one academic year and are renewable. The award includes a stipend plus an allowance for tuition and other expenses.

Application opens: Mid-August
Deadline (including references): Late October


Permanent residents are eligibleU.S. citizens are eligible

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Fellowships Office
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

This fellowship is administered by the Office of Graduate Education. Contact with questions.

These fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

  • Predoctoral fellowships support study toward a PhD or ScD
  • Dissertation fellowships offer support in the final year of writing the PhD or ScD thesis
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships offer one-year awards for PhD recipients

Dissertation and Postdoctoral Deadline: Early December

Predoctoral Deadline: Mid-December


Permanent residents are eligibleU.S. citizens are eligible

National GEM Consortium Graduate Fellowships

1430 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax (202) 207-3518

This fellowship is administered by the Office of Graduate Education. Contact with questions.

GEM offers financial support for advanced degrees:

  • MS Engineering Fellowship Program
  • PhD Engineering Fellowship Program
  • PhD Science Fellowship Program

GEM also provides mentoring workshops, graduate research orientation workshops, summer internships with a sponsoring company, and student development seminars. Level of support varies by fellowship program.

Applications are available online.

Deadline: Mid-November


Permanent residents are eligibleU.S. citizens are eligible