Application Forms for Financial Support

When possible, it is preferable to submit one application form to cover multiple semesters (summer, fall, and spring) in a single year. In lieu of signing the form, faculty may send an email to laurie [at] (Laurie Ward) indicating that they have reviewed the form and agree to all terms. Completed forms can be submitted electronically to laurie [at] (Laurie Ward) or physically to MIT E25-518.

Please take care to complete the additional requirements specified on the RA and fellowship application forms, including:

  1. Updating the research information in your HST student profile. MIT Touchstone is required for access.

  2. Obtaining approval for research involving human subjects.

  3. Obtaining approval for research involving vertebrate animals. MIT Touchstone is required for access.

Please review the additional information below under "Payments and Charges through MIT"


To receive semi-monthly salary/stipend and tuition benefits associated with a Fellowship, Research Assistantship, or Teaching Assistantship, students should complete and submit the appropriate funding form by the following deadlines:

Funding term Deadline

Summer 2023

(June 1 - August 31)

May 5, 2023

Fall 2023

(September 1 - January 15)

August 11, 2023

Spring 2024

(January 16-May 31)

January 5, 2024 *changing soon; watch for an email by mid-November for details

Summer 2024

(June 1 - August 31)

April 1, 2024 *UPDATED*

Students are encouraged to submit funding forms as early as possible. When possible, it is preferable to submit one application
form to cover multiple semesters (summer, fall, and spring) in a single year.

All appointments and awards must be processed before the start of the funding term.


HST uses stipend/salary levels that are 5% above MIT’s minimum rates, adjusted annually, with new rates effective June 1 each year.

Academic Year 2023-2024  
Research Assistant (RA) $4194/month
Fellowship* $4194/month
Teaching Assistantship (TA) $4292/month
Additional Teaching Duties $   /hour

*May be eligible for additional external fellowship incentive.

RA cost sheet for faculty research supervisors

Related Resources

Payments and Charges through MIT

When your RA, TA, or fellowship appointment/award is processed, you will receive an automated email from MIT. This is confirmation that HST has successfully submitted your graduate support. If you do not receive the email in the expected timeframe, please contact laurie [at] (Laurie Ward).

MIT charges tuition and other fees to your MIT student account. When you receive tuition and  health insurance as part of an RA, TA, or fellowship, those items appears as credits on your student account to offset the corresponding charges.

The MIT Graduate Student Life Fee is charged to any student who receives a tuition benefit as part of their appointment or award. You can submit your payment via MITPAY when it initially appears on your account or after receiving your first semi-monthly paycheck.

Living expenses, in the form of stipends or salaries, are paid semi-monthly, on the 15th day of the month and the last business day of the month.

Useful Funding Information from Various MIT Offices

There are a variety of MIT staff who are invested in your success outside the classroom. If you’re not sure where to go for help with financial matters, please check out the resources below.

For help with fellowships, you can email laurie [at] (Laurie Ward) in HST and the grad-fellowships [at] (Fellowships Team), in the Office of Graduate Education (OGE).  For questions about your MIT bill, contact Sfs [at] (Student Financial Services (SFS)).

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