Application Forms for Financial Support

Completed forms can be submitted electronically to laurie [at] (Laurie Ward) or physically to MIT E25-518.

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.

Please take care to complete 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"


In order to receive stipend and tuition benefits associated with a Fellowship, Research Assistantship, or Teaching Assistantship, students should complete and submit the corresponding application form by the appropriate deadline:

  • Summer 2022: May 20, 2022

  • Fall Term 2022: August 19, 2022

  • Spring Term 2023: January 6, 2023 - extended to February 1, 2023 for first-year HST MD students

  • Summer 2023: May 19, 2023

Students are encouraged to submit RA application forms as early as possible.

If an appointment is not processed before MIT’s payroll deadline, the stipend will be paid retroactive to the start of the term, in a future paycheck. If this creates a financial hardship, contact laurie [at] (Laurie Ward) to ask if an expedited payment can be arranged.

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Graduate Funding at MIT

Payments and Charges through MIT

When your RA, TA, or fellowship appointment is processed at MIT, you will receive a Graduate Appointment email from an automated MIT system. This is confirmation that HST has successfully submitted your graduate support. If you do not receive a Graduate Appointment 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 or health insurance as part of an RA, TA, or fellowship appointment, it appears as a credit on your student account to offset those charges.

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

Graduate tuition and health insurance are assessed through your MIT student account. Payment for these charges are made when a graduate appointment is processed which includes funding for one or both categories.

Stipends are paid semi-monthly, on the 15th day of the month and the last business day of the month. Stipend rates are adjusted annually, with new rates effective June 1 each year.

New Student Onboarding - required for HST students to receive RA or TA support through MIT

All new HST students are required to complete trainings and submit requested information via the MIT New Graduate Student Onboarding Dashboard (Atlas for Grads portal).

All new MEMP PhD students, as well as any HST MD students who anticipate serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA), need to complete the following: