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HASTS doctoral students are normally guaranteed to have six academic years of financial support provided that the student maintains reasonable academic progress. For the first five years, this covers MIT tuition ($57,590 for academic year 2022-2023), twelve months of stipend (at $3,790/mo in 2022-2023), and 12 months of individual student health insurance annually. A nine-month fellowship for dissertation completion, including tuition and insurance, if needed and if academic standing has been maintained, is available for a sixth year. Funding is provided through a combination of fellowships (including those that students earn on their own), teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.

All students are also welcome to seek competitive outside funding at any point in their program, and typically have a good success rate with applications for outside grants and fellowships. The Director of Graduate Studies and the Academic Administrator of the doctoral program will be available to assist students seeking outside sources for support.


Students who are presenting papers at professional conferences or who are engaged in research may request up to $400 from the HASTS program for travel expenses each year. Students who need additional funding are advised to check with staff before planning HASTS related travel. Students are also encouraged to apply for supplementary funding from the Kelly-Douglas fund.