The information below is intended to provide you with a basic list of fellowship and funding sources, and to give you a starting point for finding even more opportunities on your own. By no means is it an all-inclusive document. One of your best resources in your search will be HASTS faculty (and not just your primary advisor). Be sure to talk to them to get the latest scoop on untapped resources and new fellowships.
If the fellowship requires a faculty member to be the Principal Investigator (PI), it must be processed by the Administrative Officer (AO) of the department at which the PI is primarily associated. MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) policy requires that proposals must be submitted in completion (including signatures from the department and SHASS) at least 5 business days before the fellowship deadline. Therefore, please let the AO know about the fellowship as soon as you start considering to apply for it.
For all applications, be sure to give plenty of notice to any faculty members who will help you review the proposal or will write a letter of recommendation. It can easily take a month to perfect a proposal and get all the pieces in order.
Fellowships and Funding for First and Second Year Students
Jacob Javits (for first year students only)
Dissertation Development & Completion Fellowships
Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust (administered by MIT’s GSO)
Fellowships by Special Areas
American Association of University Women
Chateaubriand for Humanities and Social Sciences (France)
Note: All applications must be processed and endorsed by the MIT Foreign Scholarships Office.
Note: MIT students must apply through MIT’s Distinguished Fellowships Office.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
HASTS Annual Travel Funding
Students who are presenting papers at professional conferences or who are engaged in research may request up to $400 from HASTS for travel expenses each academic year. To request use of the funds, students should send an email to the HASTS Director of Graduate Studies, with a copy to the STS Academic Administrator, prior to the proposed travel. The request should include trip destination, travel dates, title of the paper which will be presented or nature of planned research, and (most importantly) a budget. Current students should click here for more information.
Kelly Douglas Fund
Deadlines: For all travel and research to be completed by January 31st, applicants may turn in requests starting on August 1 of that calendar year. For all travel and research to be completed by July 31st, applicants may turn in requests starting January 1st of that calendar year.
Grants to visit archives
Hagley Museum and Library Travel Grant (Wilmington, Delaware)
Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Students