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Fellowships and Funding for HASTS Students

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

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Dissertation Development & Completion Fellowships

SSRC - The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG): STS or Cultural Anthropology

Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust (administered by MIT’s ODGE)

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships

Mellon Foundation International Dissertation Research Fellowships

Miller Center for Public Affairs

Tomash Fellowship Research Program at the Charles Babbage Institute, Center for the History of Information Technology

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Fellowships by Special Areas

By Demographic
American Association of University Women

By Location
Chateaubriand for Humanities and Social Sciences (France)
Note: All applications must be processed and endorsed by the MIT Foreign Scholarships Office.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Fulbright Program
Note: MIT students must apply through MIT’s Distinguished Fellowships Office.

NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - International Dissertation Research Fellowships


By Topic
Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

National Academy of Education/ Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

IIASA, Young Scientists Summer Program

NSF Active Funding Opportunities

The Oak Ridge Institute For Science and Education (ORISE)

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

MIT Resources

MIT Fellowships and Scholarships

MIT Office of the Dean for Graduate Education: Fellowship Aid Resources

MIT Graduate Student Life Grants

MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives)

MIT Center for International Studies

MIT Comparative Media Studies potential funding opportunities

Travel Funding

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.

MIT Graduate Student Council Travel Fund Grant Program

MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Graduate Student Travel Funds

Grants to visit archives
Hagley Museum and Library Travel Grant (Wilmington, Delaware)

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 

Conference-Specific Travel

Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Students

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation