DMSE graduate students receive financial support for their studies from a variety of sources, including outside fellowship programs (such as government fellowships, sponsorship by a private company, or competitive fellowship opportunities), special programs, or from the Department. Support from the Department can take three forms: a research assistantship (RA), a teaching assistantship (TA), or a Departmental fellowship. The Department strives to offer financial aid for the first academic year to all regular first-year graduate students. Support for succeeding years is generally available but not guaranteed.
DMSE will provide supplemental funding to students entering with outside fellowships that are less than those provided by MIT.
Research and teaching assistant appointments are only available to regular full-time students registered for an advanced degree.
The Department uses great care in the admissions process to match the number of admitted students to the total number of expected assistantships and fellowships. Thus, it is hoped that all students who are admitted will find some form of support, either from an outside fellowship, a sponsoring company, a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship or a DMSE or MIT fellowship; however, the Department cannot guarantee that support will be available.
Financial support situations vary; students are urged to read their admissions letters carefully and contact the DMSE Academic Office with specific questions.