Resources and Forms

Resources and Forms

At the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences we believe a holistic approach to student life is an important part of the graduate student experience at MIT. Below you will find a collection of resources for current students to assist them as they pursue their scientific studies.

Emergencies & Assistance

MIT campus emergencies - Do not call 911 on campus, delays response. (24-hour police, ambulance, fire, first aid, dean on call) in the case of: life-threatening injury or exposure, fire, explosion, MAJOR chemical spill, intruder, suspicious activity, workplace violence, suspicious package, bomb threat, theft, vandalism

To report an emergency:
From a campus phone: 100
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-1212

MIT Police Emergency information line (for status of emergencies): 617-253-SNOW (7669)
General business: 617-253-1212
Guest parking: 617-253-7276
Lost and found: 617-253-9753

Security Office
From a campus phone: 8-7366
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-258-7366

Emergency Management Office
From a campus phone: 2-4368
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-452-4368

MIT Medical (24-hour urgent care)
From a campus phone: 3-4481
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-4481
Note: Urgent care by phone is available 24x7. However the MIT Medical Building (E23) is only open between 7am and 11pm.

Mental Health and Counseling
From a campus phone: 3-2916
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-2916 (Weekdays)
From a campus phone: 3-4481
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-4481 (Nights/Weekends)

Environment, Health & Safety Office
in the case of: minor chemical spill advice, biological or radioactive material spill assistance, strong odor or other air-quality concern, exposure concern, report of extinguished fire, report chemical release to drain (small quantity)
From a campus phone: 2-3477
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-452-3477

Facilities (24-hour emergency repairs)
in the case of: natural gas odor, electrical problems, water leaks, bathroom overflows, fire alarm questions, fume hood/BCS problem, door/lock issues, cold/warm room issue, elevator problems, wet floor, non-chemical odors, HVAC (heat, vent, A/C), broken windows
From a campus phone: 3-4948
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-4948

Emergency closings (recorded updates) 617-253-SNOW (617-253-7669)

International SOS
(emergency medical and security evacuation services for those traveling abroad on MIT business)
(requires certificates)
1-215-942-8478 (International SOS [ISOS], Emergency medical and security evacuation services for those traveling abroad on MIT business.)
617-324-7696 (Information on ISOS, MIT Office)

Saferide (campus transportation: 6:00pm - 3:00am)
From a campus phone: 3-2997
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-2997

MIT News Office
From a campus phone: 3-2700
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-2700

Information Center
From a campus phone: 3-4795
From a cell phone, pay phone, or off-campus: 617-253-4795

Computer and Communications Outages
3-DOWN: 617-253-3696

Telephone service
MIT directory assistance: 0 or 617-253-1000
Service problems: 617-253-4357

Graduate Research Fellowship Opportunities

This list is not exhaustive. For additional information, please check the MIT ODGE fellowship site:

The fellowship deadlines for 2020-2021 are listed below for reference.

Disciplines and Due Dates: 

October 19, 2020 (Monday) Life Sciences

October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

October 21, 2020 (Wednesday) Engineering

October 22, 2020 (Thursday) Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy

Reference letter deadline: October 31, 2020 4pm ET

Requirements: Only US citizens or permanent residents may apply - applicants can only apply one time (either prospective, 1st or 2nd year, but not more than once)
Academic eligibility:  Prospective graduate student / 1st and 2nd year graduate student
Award: stipends of $34,000 plus up to $12,000 for tuition (3 years)

Deadline: December 1, 2020 5 PM EST
Requirements: US citizens or Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom.  Must be able to obtain security clearance, and willing to work as a civilian at the DoD after graduating.
Disciplines: STEM disciplines including but not limited to: Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences,   Information Sciences
Academic eligibility:  Undergraduate and Graduate student with good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award.
Award: Stipend ($25,000-$38,000), full tuition, health insurance, miscellaneous supplies allowance, travel and paid summer internship

Deadline: November 2, 2020
Requirements:  US citizens or nationals only – proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer
Disciplines:  Including but not limited to Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences
Academic eligibility: Graduate students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies at or near the beginning of their graduate studies (have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study)
Award: Stipends of $34,000, full tuition, $1,000 for medical insurance (3 years)

Deadline: October 23, 2020 
Requirements: US citizens or permanent residents only
Disciplines:  Applied physical, biological and engineering sciences or mathematics
Academic eligibility: Prospective and first year graduate student.
Award:  Two award structures: Stipend of $34,000 over 9 months (additional $5k/year for fellows with dependent children), full tuition equivalent, renewable for up to 5 years; Stipend of $40,000 over 9 months (additional $5k/year for fellows with dependent children), full tuition equivalent for 2 years

Deadline: December 17, 2020
Requirements: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
Disciplines: Including but not limited to biological and bomedical sciences, communications, computer science, cultural studies, engineering, ethnic studies, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, and psychology
Academic eligibility: Prospective graduate students / 1st and 2nd year graduate student interested in a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. 
Award: stipends of $27,000, travel to a Conference of Ford Fellows, no tuition (3 years)

Deadline: December 10, 2020
Requirements: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
Disciplines: Including but not limited to biological and biomedical science, communications, computer science, cultural studies, engineering, ethnic studies, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, and psychology
Academic eligibility: 4th - 5th year graduate student who have successfully achieved doctoral degree candidacy as defined by this program: applicants must have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation
Award:  Stipends of $28,000, travel to a Conference of Ford Fellows, no tuition (9-12 months)

Deadline:  October 1, 2020
Requirements: All Ph.D. students any nationality
Disciplines: Students with research related to one of the following areas: Applied Statistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Connectivity Hardware, Data Mining, Databases, Distributed Systems, Networking & Operating Systems, Economics & Computation, Electrical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing & Speech Technologies, Programming Languages & Compilers, Security & Privacy, Social Computing, Software Engineering
Academic eligibility:  Full-time PhD students involved in ongoing research
Award: Stipend of $42,000 (over 9 months), full tuition, $5,000/year conference travel support, opportunity for a paid internship (up to 2 years of support)

Deadline:  January 17, 2020 (2021 deadline not yet announced)
Requirements:  US citizens and permanent residents
Disciplines:  DOE CSGF recipients use math and computers to conduct doctoral research in many fields, including but not limited to Computer Sciences, Life Sciences
Academic eligibility: 1st year graduate students
Award:  Stipends of $38,000, full tuition, $5,000 academic allowance for the first year ($1,000 thereafter), 12 week practicum (renewal for 4 years)

Deadline:  Due in the fall – Institutional nomination required, information on submission is not publicly available
Requirements:  All students
Disciplines:  computer science, related disciplines and promising research areas.
Academic eligibility:  Graduate student, any year
Award:   Stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment, full tuition, allowance for books, health insurance (2 year with opportunity to extend for a 3rd year)

Various deadlines and scholarship award amounts ($1,000 – 15,000) – check website for complete information

Deadline:  August 2020 (2021 dates TBA)
Requirements:  Graduate student from any nationality can apply – Institutional nomination required
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics department. If your department is within the scope of these areas, but is titled differently, you are eligible.
Academic eligibility:  3rd year graduate students
Award:  Stipend of $42,000 and full tuition (2 consecutive academic years)

Deadline:  October 29, 2020
Requirements: "New Americans” which is defined as born in the US to parents born abroad as non-US citizens, naturalized US citizens, green card holders, adopted (born outside of the US by American parents and granted US citizenship as a result of adoption) or DACA recipients under 31 years old as of the application deadline
Disciplines:  All fields
Academic eligibility:  Prospective or current graduate students in 1st or 2nd year
Award: Up to $90,000 over two years

Deadline:  November 15, 2020
Requirements:  Graduate student from any nationality can apply – Institutional nomination required
Disciplines:   In the areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational and developmental psychopathology
Academic eligibility:  Advanced graduate students (from 3rd year or having passed qualifying exams).
Award:  Stipend up to $25,000, tuition waiver/coverage from home institution for 1 year of support

Deadline:  November 1, 2020 
Requirements:  Women, US citizenship or permanent residents only
Disciplines:  All fields of study
Academic eligibility:  Graduate student working on doctoral dissertation (4th year or later).
Award:  $20,000 living and educational expenses, dependent childcare, travel to meetings/seminars paid directly to fellow

Deadline:  November 15, 2020 
Requirements:  Women, non US citizens or permanent residents
Disciplines:  All fields of study
Academic eligibility:  Performing a PhD in the US
Award:  $20,000 living and educational expenses, dependent childcare, travel to meetings/seminars paid directly to fellow - renewable for 1 year

Deadline: April 8, August 8, December 8  Must be submitted through your DLC Fiscal Office.
US citizens and permanent residents and individuals with disabilities, or from racial and ethnic groups, or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
Disciplines: All disciplines relevant to National Eye Institute, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Academic eligibility: Graduate student studying life sciences, engineering, health sciences, biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research
Award: Stipend of $23,376, $16,000 tuition, $4,200 institutional allowance (up to 5 years including T32 support)

Deadline:  January 15, 2021
Requirements:  Underrepresented ethnic minorities who are US citizens or permanent residents
Disciplines:  Physiological sciences
Academic eligibility:  Prospective/current graduate students pursuing full-time studies toward the PhD.
Award:  Annual stipend of $28,300 renewable for a 2nd year, no tuition

Deadline:  AY21 deadlines TBA
Requirements:  No citizenship requirements
Disciplines:  Social and Behavioral Sciences for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics
Academic eligibility:  Students working on doctoral dissertation
Award:   Stipend of $32,000 for 12-18 months

Deadline:  AY21 deadlines TBA
Requirements:  No citizenship requirements
Disciplines:  STEM – life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer and information science and mathematical sciences for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics
Academic eligibility:  Students working on doctoral dissertation
Award:  Up to $50,000, $35,000 for stipend stipend/salary and up to $15,000 for tuition, research expenses, etc. up to 3 years

Deadline:  Nomination open early fall 2021
Requirements:  Graduate student from any nationality
Disciplines: Includes: computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and Cognitive Computing), and Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME) and Industry Solutions (Healthcare, Life sciences, Education, Energy & Environment
Academic eligibility:  2nd year graduate student - must be nominated by a faculty member
Award:  Stipend for one academic year (up to 3 years).

Other fellowship databases:
CollegeNet’s Scholarship Database
College Board Scholarship Search
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways
Free Scholarship Searches
Guaranteed Scholarships
National Scholarships
Scholarship & Financial Aid Help
Scholarships and Grants
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing



Career Resources

 Career Advice

GECD guide to everything related to career planning, academic pathways, and job search

Online career planning workshops available 24/7; topics include resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, internship search, networking, and more

Guidance and resources to help you identify and prioritize your career options and develop a career action plan

Advice from the MIT Ombuds Office

Guidance and resouces to help your explore and find global career opportunties that fit your interests and considerations in preparing for and applying to jobs abroad

Helps MIT students achieve lifelong success through career services, global experiences, and connections with graduate schools and employers

Matches graduate women with successful women professors and alumni who can provide professional and/or personal advice

For graduate students and postdocs in the sciences, to explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best

Use drop-in hours or make and appointment to discuss career planning or job search questions, get a critique of your resume, CV or cover letter,  or conduct a practice interview session

Making Connections

Presentations or receptions to allow you an opportunity to learn more about companies and to informally discuss job possibilities

Help with the process of discovering and utilizing connections between people

Connects MIT alumni with each other and with students to facilitate career strategies, gather quality advice, and open up important networking connections

Job Search

The GECD Career Management System; an excecllent resource for jobs and internships

Your rights and responsibilities when participating in on-campus recruiting; includes no-show policy, evaluating and negotiating offers and more

Guidance and resources to help you identify your interests, develop an effective resume, CV and cover letter, apply for jobs you are interested in, and be ready to successfully interview

Career Fairs

Learn about various career fairs throughout the academic year, how to prepare in advance, and how to make the most of your experience during a fair.

Career Fair details and registration links

Details and registration links; note that students must sign in via CareerBridge, the GECD Career Management System

Keys to Career Fair Success and upcoming Career Fairs

Career Fair details and registration links

Details and registration links; note that students must sign in via CareerBridge, the GECD Career Management System


The GECD Career Management System; an excecllent resource for jobs and internships

Finding and applying for internships

Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

Support for MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world

Connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

Student Employment

Information on the role of research and teaching assistants at MIT and departmental contacts

Graduate students receive stipend support to work on projects that enhance graduate community at MIT

Graduate students who serve as live-in mentors to the undergraduate community; GRTs receive room and board as well as a stipend.

General policy as it relates to graduate student work

Regulations for international student employment due to immigration laws

On campus and off campus student job openings, including paid community service positions


funding information

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences aims to support all graduate students for their entire time of study at MIT, regardless of citizenship.

Funding packages provide a twelve-month stipend, tuition, and individual health insurance. To waive MIT’s health insurance coverage, complete the waiver form.

The Department expects faculty labs to individually support students beyond year three, with funded research assistant appointments. If you have applied for a fellowship from non-MIT sources, please contact the Academic Office. If you receive a competitive fellowship award (e.g. NRSA, NSF, NDSEG) which contributes 50% or more to the total cost of stipend, tuition and insurance you will receive an additional $1000 stipend supplement for each year you are actively supported by the fellowship.


Fellowship income is taxable, but MIT does not withhold taxes from the fellowships of US citizens or permanent residents, although it does so for foreign nationals. If you are an international student and believe there is a tax treaty between the US and your country, contact Marsha Dailey at 617-253-2799.

It may be advisable to visit the IRS website for information on taxes. The general URL is, the URL for publications is, and information for individuals is at

The required W4 form is available online at Click on Tax Withholding on the left.

Information from the Payroll Office:

  • The social security number is not a required field in order to pay an individual. There will be no delay in paying students while they apply for a social security number.
  • Students should complete the W-4 and M-4 tax forms so they are taxed per their wishes. If they do not submit tax forms or sign up through SAPWebSelf Service, they will default to “Single 0” at a higher tax rate.
  • Students should call the Payroll Service Center (617-253-4255) as soon as they have received their social security number.


MIT requires direct deposit for your stipend. To activate direct deposit, complete the necessary online form at You’ll need to know the routing number of your bank and the relevant account number, which you can find at the bottom left of your checks. Direct deposit may preclude certain fees at some banks.

The only occasion on which a stipend would not be directly deposited is if for some reason the disbursement through MITSIS is later than the payroll accounting cutoff date, generally around the 20th of each month. There are times when funding is not processed before that deadline, and a special check must be prepared by payroll, in which case it will not be directly deposited but must be picked up.

You may join the MIT Federal Credit Union. For information you may visit their website at any time or their offices in NE48 (in Tech Square) between 8.30am and 4pm M-F.

Helpful Links:

Student Finance Information (ODGE)
I-9 Obligations
Student Financial Services
SAPweb (Direct Deposit, W-4 And M-4 Forms) 
Tax Information for students 
International Students  (glacier tax prep)
MIT Federal Credit Union

Graduate Student Life

Student Resources
How to find stuff at MIT. Look here to find a directory of helpful links for graduate students.

Resources for Graduate Student Families
Graduate students’ families (a spouse, partner and/or children) contribute to the rich diversity of the MIT community; 49% of graduate students report having a spouse or partner and 9% report having one or more children (2011 Enrolled Graduate Student Survey). For graduate student families with children, the dual role of parenting and being a graduate student is challenging, for example with regards to finances, childcare, and scheduling. Simultaneously, there is great opportunity for families of graduate students to share in the rich MIT culture. MIT is committed to supporting our graduate students with families; following is a list of available resources including various offices, services, groups and networks.

International Student Resources

The International Students Office (ISO) serves approximately 3,600 international students who attend MIT, 1000 newly admitted MIT students, and 600+ dependents. The ISO provides the following services:

  • Advise on immigration regulations by individual appointment and group seminars
  • Prepare legal documents that allow international students to gain work experience through a period of practical training
  • Provide forms required by international students and their dependents to travel outside the US
  • Process legal documents required for the admission of all international students (including undergraduate, graduate, special, exchange, and visiting students)
  • Organize orientation programs for entering international undergraduate and graduate students

The ISO also sponsors events and programs to help students adjust to life in the US and at MIT, and provides counseling related to emergencies and unexpected immigration problems.

BCS Gradvocates

BCS Gradvocates is a grad student group that organizes events and advocates for student needs. They work with the department to put together events that help the graduate and wider BCS community. Our branches include: policy and advocacy, teaching and outreach, socials and community, diversity and inclusion, and career development. Interested in joining? Send an email to and they will give you updates on meetings.

BCS CommUNITY Lunch Series

The CommUNITY Lunch Series is a biweekly opportunity for graduate students, techs, and postdocs of color to come together to share their experiences navigating academia. The goal of the luncheon is to create a safe, informal environment that encourages community building and discussion, created by and for people of color. CommUNITY lunches are open to BCS-affiliates, so feel free to forward it to people you know that may be interested. To receive emails about these events and others like it, subscribe here:

Graduate Student Council (GSC)
The GSC exists to enhance the overall graduate experience at MIT by promoting the general welfare and concerns of the graduate student body, creating new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for growth and interaction, and communicating with the MIT Administration and Faculty on behalf of graduate students. The GSC is led by the Executive Committee and has various committees and boards to address graduate student issues.

Student Activities Office
The Student Activities Office provides an environment for students to test new ideas, develop leadership skills and create community at MIT, while advocating for and affirming their identities. Through co-curricular opportunities and experiences such as student organizations, events, cross-cultural education, civic engagement and leadership development, students gain invaluable skills and experiential knowledge that they will continue to develop during their time on campus and beyond as future leaders.

Programs and Resources for Women
The Graduate Women’s Group and the Women’s Reading Group are informal opportunities to convene graduate women. Many other organizations and student groups on campus are designed with women in mind.

LGBT Grad is the student group run by and for LGBT grad students and postdocs (and friends!)

trans@MIT Resources for trans* and gender questioning people and allies MIT

Science-Specific Groups & Outreach at MIT

Science Policy Initiative
The Science Policy Initiative (SPI) at MIT was founded in 2008 by a group of students who recognized the importance of providing first-hand policy experience to MIT students. SPI is changing how scientists and engineers at MIT engage with policy-makers and the public. We aim to provide new perspectives on the interactions between science and public policy, and build a collective sense of responsibility necessary to positively affect society. In addition to our core programs, three of which are described below, SPI invites interested students to participate in monthly discussions of a current topic in science policy.

MIT Consulting Club
The Consulting Club at MIT aims to facilitate a seamless transition from graduate school to a successful career in management consulting, through awareness, skill building and networking.

MIT Biotech Group
The MIT Biotechnology Group aims to increase the pace of biotechnological innovation by building strong, symbiotic relationships between the MIT community and thought-leaders in academia, industry, and business. They endeavor to serve the MIT community by facilitating development of the knowledge, skills, networks, and experiences to prepare members for biotechnology-related careers.

Communicating Science Workshop for Scientists
Communicating Science is a workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on science communication skills. Their goal is to empower future leaders in technical communication to share the results from research in their field to broad and diverse audiences, not just practitioners in their fields.

Science Education Outreach Opportunities

MIT Educational Studies Program
The MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) was created by MIT students in 1957 to make a difference in the Boston, Cambridge, and MIT communities by sharing knowledge and creativity with local high school students. Since then, it has grown to support well over three thousand students each year with the help of MIT students.

Science Club for Girls
Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment.

Graduate Student Housing Resources

For further details please see the Graduate & Family Housing website

Graduate students are a major force in the MIT community and greatly contribute to the Institute’s distinctive culture. Graduate residence halls, located within a short walk of campus, are vibrant, collaborative, and very much home to the students who live there.

Need more information? These pages offer everything you’ll need to evaluate graduate residences and apply for housing:

Dates & Deadlines
Get Housing
Your Assignment & License Agreement
Moving Out
Solving Problems
Talk to Someone

Please contact or (617) 253-5148 with any questions.


Health Insurance Plans

If you are a full-time graduate student in BCS you are eligible for health insurance. The MIT Student Medical Plan is encouraged as part of your tuition coverage. You may also buy health insurance coverage for family members (spouse, partner and/or children). You may also waive health insurance if you have existing coverage elsewhere.


Dental Coverage

MIT is pleased to offer the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value PLan to all MIT graduate students registered in a MIT degree program. Students are expected to compare plans and to select and pay for the reduced-cost insurance if they would like dental coverage


Mental Health

Approximately 20 percent of MIT students use Mental Health and Counseling Services each year. All visits are completely confidential. Mental health and counseling services are included with tuition coverage

Childbirth accommodation and parental leave


Medical Leave

Medical leave is a period of absence for a graduate student from academic and research work to allow time for treatment and recovery from mental and/or physical conditions that intefere with a student's ability to make satisfactory progress towards academic goals and participate in graduate student life. Approval of medical leave stops academic and research clocks. Students considering medical leave should make an appointment with a graduate dean to discuss their plan and options.

Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) 

REFS are confidential, peer-to-peer Resources for Easing Friction and Stress. They are here to ensure that grad students have someone to talk to/ vent to/ problem-solve with if they’re facing any issues, from research frustration to advisor conflict to financial issues. Feel free to email or to any of the REFS individually. For additional information, please see our website:

Anna Ivanova (

Danielle Cosio (

Djuna von Maydell (

Katya Tsimring (

Gal Raz (