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Information Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars



Athletics: MIT Medical offers Exercise and Fitness programs, including Community Wellness classes in yoga, Pilates, and more. MIT Recreation facilities include the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, the Wang Fitness Center and Alumni Pool, many playing fields, and much more. See MIT Recreation Member Services for more information about facilities, services, and enrollment details. The membership fee for MIT Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows is the MIT Faculty/Staff rate. Note, MIT Postdoctoral Fellows require a certification letter with their MIT ID to prove eligibility status.

Members of MIT Recreational Sports and certain other health clubs may be eligible for a “fitness benefit” in the form of a $150 annual reimbursement, depending on what type of health insurance you have. MIT-specific information is available through MIT Medical, with additional guidance for MIT Recreational Sports members under Health Insurance Reimbursement information . Note, members of the MIT Affiliate Extended Insurance Plans are not eligible. Please check with your health insurance carrier.

Card Services (located in W20-021) issues MIT ID cards and photographs for passports.

Childcare Information, Back up Child and Adult Care Program, and MIT Childcare Scholarship Programs: See the MIT Work-Life Center and also MIT Community Programs, below.

Computer-related Assistance: Consult MIT Information Services and Technology or specifically the IS&T Help Desk.

Foreign Languages & Literature Resource Center (FLLRC) (located in16-668) supports English as a second language and foreign language learning at MIT. Materials that can be used at the Center by all members of the MIT community include audio, video, and computer-based materials (see website for hours).

Human Resources has many services and helpful information related to benefits, job openings, professional development, and much more.

Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special four-week term at MIT throughout January. Activities include lecture series, forums, tours, “how to” sessions, and recitals. Non-credit activities are open to all members of the MIT community. Typically the schedule is posted in November.

Intercultural Clubs and Activities: MIT’s many intercultural clubs provide events and programming. While they are often student run, most welcome the affiliation and participation of postdocs. See the ASA Student Group List for a full list; some examples are the MIT European Club, the MIT Chinese Students Scholars Association, and the Japanese Association. Another resource is MIT in the World: Clubs and Activities.
For a partial list of international organizations and clubs in the Boston area, see the ISchO International Organizations list.

The International Scholars Office (located in E38-219) assists MIT faculty and staff in bringing international scholars to campus, advises on immigration and other matters, issues visa documents, and holds weekly orientation sessions.

lbgt@MIT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender at MIT): The lbgt@MIT website provides information on services, activities, and resources for LBGT, questioning, and supportive individuals at MIT and its surrounding communities.

Libraries: With your MIT ID card, you may take out books from any of the MIT Libraries and many other university libraries in the Boston area.

MITAC (MIT Activities Committee) plans special MIT events and offers discounted tickets for cultural, recreational, and sporting events, and for movies and museums.

MIT Chaplains representing many of the world's religions, are available for counseling, private talks, and program development. Also, many of the religious groups represented by the chaplains meet weekly and many student religious groups are active on campus.

MIT Community Programs (under the umbrella of Community Wellness at MIT Medical); these and other programs are open to everyone at no cost:

  • MIT FamilyNet is an online community for MIT families to share information on pregnancy and childbirth, day care, and parenting, including information for newcomers.
  • MIT Language Conversation Exchange is a way to meet someone new from a different part of campus, speak a language you're learning or wish to improve (including English) with a native speaker, and share your culture and interests while learning about someone else's.
  • MIT Spouses&Partners is a support network for the wives, husbands, and partners of MIT students and staff that has numerous activities and resources.

MIT Furniture Exchange sells used furniture and household goods at bargain prices (MIT ID required).

MIT Hobby Shop (located in W31-031): Membership is open (for a fee) to the MIT community, including spouses. The Hobby Shop is a fully equipped wood and metal shop, teaching design and providing tools, training, and assistance.

Training at MIT:

MIT Work-Life Center (located in E19-611) provides support and information for members of the MIT community and their families in areas that include parenting, school, child-care, life quality, and work-life balance issues.