About the Fund

The d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education, established in 1999, has been an important catalyst for educational innovation in the MIT undergraduate curriculum. MIT faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals early in the fall for projects to improve the quality of teaching and enhance learning experiences through creative curricular and pedagogical initiatives. A committee, chaired by the Vice Chancellor and consisting of members from each school, will review the proposals.

The Fund was established through a generous $10 million grant from Brit, SM'61, and the late Alex, '49, d'Arbeloff, while he served as chairman of the MIT Corporation. At the time he said, "MIT is already known for innovation and for new ideas in how to educate scientists and engineers. In the light of new technology, we have a tremendous opportunity to go further. We can add value to the residential experience by stimulating innovation in teaching. The Institute is already churning with new ideas. This is a chance to bring them into the light of day."

When the d'Arbeloff Fund was established, "technology" was the web. Today, ideas are churning with the advent of MOOCs and MITx, but the goal of the fund remains as envisioned by Mr. d'Arbeloff:

"We need to add value and excitement for the extraordinary students who come here. I hope that we generate proposals that start with education and then determine how technology can be applied to support those educational goals."
Alex V. d'Arbeloff
Former Chairman of the Corporation