The purpose of the Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships program at MIT is to enhance diversity in the School and to provide the Fellow with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field. The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of SHASS and the higher education community. Applicants from members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Fellowship candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

These Fellowships support graduate scholars for a 9-month appointment at MIT that generally runs from September through May. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other PhD requirements to finish their dissertations with access to libraries and faculty of the School. Fellows may be pursuing the PhD degree in any discipline or area taught in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, including Women’s and Gender Studies; Global Languages; Music; Comparative Media Studies/Writing; Anthropology; Economics; Theater Arts; Literature; History; Linguistics; Philosophy; Science, Technology, and Society; and Political Science. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program in the School. Fellows will not be required to teach while at MIT.

This year up to ten Fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship provides a stipend of $37,500, office area, and library privileges.


Applicants must be:

  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited institution other than MIT.
  • Have passed their PhD qualifying examinations
  • Have an approved dissertation proposal
  • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education or who comes from a disadvantaged background.

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