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The MIT Student Assistance Fund

The MIT Student Assistance Fund is intended to provide financial assistance for all Joint Program students towards certain incidental expenses such as travel and equipment purchases which is not available for one reason or other through the student's principal advisor.

Who is eligible

The Fund is for the use of all Joint Program students, no matter what discipline, no matter what department they are enrolled in.

What the fund can be used for

The following categories are allowable:

  • Laboratory equipment UNDER $500
  • Computer equipment UNDER $500
  • Travel to Scientific Workshops and Meetings

What the fund cannot be use for

  • Student stipends
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Major equipment purchases or leases (i.e. NO PURCHASES OVER $500)

How to submit a proposal

Funds can be accessed by a short written proposal from the student stating clearly the type of assistance, why it is needed, what it will be used to pay for, and a proposed budget. A letter from the principal advisor must accompany and support this request. No action will be taken without both the request and the letter of support.

In case of travel to workshops and meetings, students needing to present a talk or a poster would be given preference over those wishing to attend for experience alone, and we expect that the advisor would cover 50% of the total costs of attending the event.

Depending upon the request, the SAF may contribute up to half the total expenses of travel with no award exceeding $1,000.

Where to send a proposal

Please send your written proposals to Prof. Ed Boyle via email at

If you have any further questions regarding this Fund, please contact Prof. Ed Boyle at 617-253-3388 or at his email address.