HASTS doctoral students normally receive five years of financial support provided that the student maintains reasonable academic progress. This covers MIT tuition ($42,130 for academic year 2013-2014), nine months of stipend, and 12 months of individual student health insurance annually. Funding is provided through a combination of fellowships (including those that students earn on their own), teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.
All students are strongly encouraged to seek competitive outside funding at any point in their program, and typically have a good success rate with applications for outside grants and fellowships. The Director of Graduate Studies and the Academic Administrator of the doctoral program will be available to assist students seeking outside sources for support.
Students who are presenting papers at professional conferences or who are engaged in research may request up to $400 from the HASTS program for travel expenses each year. Students who need additional funding are advised to check with staff before planning HASTS related travel. Students are also encouraged to apply for supplementary funding from the Kelly-Douglas fund.
Nonresident doctoral thesis research status requires the student to have passed their general examination and to have already written a thesis proposal. HASTS students do not typically go into this status until after their fifth year. If you are a current student and have questions about this status, please contact the Academic Administrator.
According to MIT policy, nonresident graduate students are responsible for paying nonresident tuition, which is currently 5% of the regular tuition charge for the first three semesters in nonresident status, and 15% for subsequent semesters. MIT policy prohibits the HASTS Program from providing financial support for students in nonresident status above the 5% tuition fee.