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Student Travel Funds

The Department administers a number of funds to assist students with research-related travel and attendance at planning-related conferences. Please note: In accordance with Institute policy, non-resident Ph.D. students are not eligible to receive department funding for reimbursement of travel expenses incurred during the period of their non-resident status.


The Lloyd and Nadine Rodwin Fund

Twice each year (typically following calls in early October and late February), the Lloyd and Nadine Rodwin Fund grants competitive travel fellowships of up to $1,500 to assist students “pursuing research or writing theses while at MIT with special preference, where feasible, for students from poor countries or regions.” All students registered in the Department are eligible to apply. Funds are available for immediate use, and travel may be completed during IAP, spring break or over the summer. Announcements of application procedures and deadlines will be emailed to students and posted on http://plaza.mit.edu.


The William Emerson Fund

Twice each year (typically following calls in early October and late February), the William Emerson Fund provides competitive travel grants for student research-related travel. Grants range from $500–$1,000, and all students registered in the Department are eligible to apply. Travel may be in the US or abroad, and may be completed during IAP, spring break or over the summer. Announcements of application procedures and deadlines will be emailed to students and posted on http://plaza.mit.edu.


The Ross Silberberg (1990) Memorial Fund

The Ross Silberberg (1990) Memorial Fund provides grants to support student travel related to research in social justice and design. Applications may be submitted by individuals or pairs and cross-discipline collaboration is encouraged; decisions are made by a committee consisting of the Department Head, the Head of CDD, and the Director of CoLab. Travel may be in the US or abroad, and should be completed over the summer. These travel awards will be reviewed on a competitive basis, and each year two awards of up to $1,000 will be made. Announcements of application procedures and deadlines will be posted on http://plaza.mit.edu in the early spring.


Conference Travel Reimbursement

The department offers students a partial subsidy to reimburse travel costs associated with attending or presenting work at planning-related conferences, as described below.

Expenses eligible for reimbursement include transportation, accommodations and conference registration. Please note: meals and incidental expenses cannot be reimbursed; unused subsidy/reimbursement cannot be transferred or accumulated.

This policy and its reimbursement limits are intended to ensure our ability to extend the benefit to all qualified applicants, given finite resources. We acknowledge that in many cases reimbursements may not cover the full cost of attending a conference, and are intended to subsidize students' personal or other resources in those instances. The policy is subject to change at any time, based on available finances.


Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who have declared Course 11 or 11-6 majors (not minors) may request financial assistance to subsidize the cost of attending one professional conference during their senior year. (Note: SB/MCP students are eligibile under the rules for “MCP Students” below, rather than this section.) To be eligible, conferences must meet one of the following criteria:

Undergraduate students may apply for reimbursement up to $200 for eligible expenses, including transportation, accommodations and conference registration.


MCP Students

MCP students may request financial assistance to subsidize the cost of attending one professional conference during the two-year MCP program. To be eligible, conferences must meet one of the following criteria:

MCP students may apply for reimbursement up to $450 for eligible expenses, including transportation, accommodations and conference registration.


PhD Students

Resident PhD students may request financial assistance to subsidize the cost of attending professional conferences. All conferences must be approved by the student's academic advisor. (Non-resident students cannot receive reimbursement during their non-resident status, per MIT policy.)

Reimbursement may be applied to one or multiple conferences, with total not to exceed $600 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30); if a paper is presented in at least one conference, this not-to-exceed total may be increased to $800 per fiscal year.


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