Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund

Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Funding is intended to be a resource for students who are experiencing one-time, non-recurring financial emergencies, including unexpected and unavoidable expenses, when they have exhausted all other resources. Each request will be considered individually and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund disbursements are granted, they do not have to be repaid. Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund disbursements may be subject to taxation based on withholding rates set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


Apply online.


  • Students must be currently registered in an MIT PhD program or Master’s Program.
  • Students on leave from MIT are not eligible to receive the award.

Eligible funding requests 

  • Unanticipated or unavoidable expenses that may have a negative impact on the student’s educational experience and well-being. These expenses most commonly include basic living necessities and travel expenses due to family emergencies.
  • Costs must have been incurred or become due while continuously enrolled during the current academic year.

Application requirements

  • Completed application questions
  • Documentation of expenses such as copies of billing statements or receipts are required for reimbursements, as appropriate
  • Documentation of rescinded summer position or appointment, as appropriate

In some cases, students will not receive funds if it is determined that: 

  • Other resources can be utilized to fulfill the need
  • The request is related to a pre-existing voluntary obligation

In such instances, students should contact the Office of Graduate Education to explore whether alternate resources may be available.