We know there's a lot of information on this page, but if you are applying for a grant, try to read it all! The more you know about what we can offer, the better your application will be.
What grants can cover
- Travel to the community in need
- Food that facilitates the service
- Individual or group work
We’ll consider funding for any project that serves communities but below are some types of work that our donors enable us to prioritize. You don't have to apply for a specific type of grant, but if your application is accepted we'll inform you as to what category you fall in.
Develop service projects that support the local Boston and Cambridge area.
Share your love for science by helping to develop new curricula and ways of teaching, or by increasing access to education.
Projects Related to Coursework:
Students, be a social innovator! Get funding to pursue service projects in any of your classes. Grants can help pay for expenses related to project development and delivery including travel costs, equipment, and materials.
Faculty, develop a service component for your courses! Grants can support the same costs that are listed above, as well as the payment of a student assistant for developing the new project.
Help communities anywhere in the world! Create projects that encourage sustainable development in any country. The PSC places a special focus on poverty alleviation, so you many want to think in that direction.
Work toward the challenges of the annual Muhammad Yunus Innovation Challenge to alleviate poverty. See http://web.mit.edu/idi/yunus.htm for more details. Work on any current or past theme in encouraged.
Other PSC Opportunities
Apply for an MIT Public Service Fellowship and work on capacity-building projects in underserved communities. Visit the fellowships page to learn more.
Interested in research? Consider Service UROPs! Service UROPs support research that benefits communities around the world. You can start by talking to faculty who do community-focused research or by emailing the Service Learning Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources Outside the PSC:
You might also consider applying for grants from other sources, such as as the Community Service Fund, Kelly-Douglas Traveling Fellowship, Carroll Wilson award, and others.
Local grant opportunities are sponsored by a range of sources. Some local grant sponsors include The COOP and the 484 Phil Alpha Foundation.
Expedition Grants are supported by the Underclassman Giving Campaign.