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HASTS doctoral students are normally guaranteed to have five years of financial support provided that the student maintains reasonable academic progress. This covers MIT tuition ($53,450 for academic year 2020-2021), nine months of stipend, and 12 months of individual student health insurance annually. Funding is provided through a combination of fellowships (including those that students earn on their own), teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Some summer stipend may be available. More information is provided at the time of admission.

All students are also encouraged 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.