Financial Support

All Chemical Engineering graduate students in good standing are fully funded by the department. Funding in the Department of Chemical Engineering is available in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships.  Students receive full tuition, a stipend, and individual health coverage.


Fellowships from MIT funds are typically limited to first-year graduate students. Funds for such awards are usually provided from gifts from alumni, from unrestricted industrial grants, or from the Provost’s Office in the form of Presidential Fellowships. Students do not usually apply for a Departmental fellowship; rather, it is an honor conferred by the Department. Students also are encouraged to apply for fellowships outside MIT, for which our students have an enviable record of success. More information on Fellowships >>

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships are the most common support for advanced students. Research assistants (RAs) are supported from research contracts or grants, and are supervised by faculty members of the Department.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are provided from the general MIT teaching funds and are administered by the Department through the Graduate Officer. All graduate students are expected to TA one term within the Department.  (the details for openings and selection are announced via email each semester).


In academic year 2022-2023, stipends for assistantships are $4,075 per month for PhD students and $3,462 for MSCEP students. The Department will also cover the cost of the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan. Outside support sometimes exceeds the internal support level. If it does not, then it is supplemented up to the full internal support level.

For more information, visit the MIT Student Financial Service resources.