The MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Engineering Excellence


The MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Engineering Excellence seeks to discover and develop the next generation of faculty leaders to help guide the MIT School of Engineering toward a more diverse and inclusive culture.


This SoE program is designed to help postdoctoral fellows develop in multiple dimensions. In addition to an emphasis on research, it will focus on providing resources and opportunities, and building a professional network for its mentees. The program will arrange a set of professional development opportunities as presentations and discussions for the cohort, along three career paths:

  1. Academic – coordinated with the school’s departments and an overall faculty lead. This will include strategic workshops or sessions including choosing research projects, grant writing and networking, building your mentoring community, academic job searches, crafting a job application package (with rounds of feedback), navigating bias in the job search, and strategies for addressing career bias, among others.

  2. Engineering Leadership – supported by the Gordon Leadership Program. There will also be connections established with specific companies that may provide placement for postdocs following completion of the program. 

  3. Entrepreneurship – supported by The Engine in collaboration with the academic track, this will include grant writing, running a research group, and teaching, as well as how to engage in successful research. Postdocs will participate in a set of talks from founders to prepare and assist them with terminology. The postdocs will then be eligible to participate in The Engine program called Blueprint. Blueprint is a twice annual 5-week program that prepares individuals to start a company.

Application Process

Promising candidates from any discipline in engineering supported by the MIT School of Engineering are encouraged to apply:

  • Graduate students who are within a year of finishing their PhD;
  • Postdoctoral scholars within a year of earning their PhD;
  • Scholars in industry within a year of earning their PhD who wish to pivot to an academic career.

Since the development of independence is an important goal of the program, candidates will be encouraged to come prepared with ideas for projects they wish to accomplish during their tenure in the program. 


  1. Member of an ethnic group, racial group or gender identity historically underrepresented in engineering at MIT (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, women); and/or 
  2. Have experienced overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school or be a member of an underserved population. 

This postdoctoral fellowship is primarily intended to introduce incredible new candidates to the MIT School of Engineering community as postdoctoral fellows. However, any current MIT students who are graduating with a PhD in 2022 and who satisfy all other criteria are welcome to apply. Additionally, any current MIT postdocs who meet the eligibility criteria may apply, however, the application should clearly present the reasons to be considered for this fellowship.

2022 Fellows Selection Timeline

February 9
Application deadline

Zoom interview. We contact all applicants in early March and invite a subset to interview in mid-March. We will provide a mentor to help prepare a presentation. The interview will consist of a research presentation on past research work as well as a vision for future work. The audience will be program faculty, including those who may later serve as your postdoctoral advisor and/or mentors in the career tracks.

Mid-to-late March 
Notification. We notify postdoctoral candidates of their final fellowship award status.

For program or admissions-related questions please contact



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