Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) AeroAstro program created a pool of graduate fellowships designated for females and underrepresented persons. It hopes to increase “diversity in the next generation of aerospace engineers,” AeroAstro said.
“The fellowships are the first of a series of initiatives the department will roll out in coming months,” said Nick Roy, AeroAstro graduate admissions chair and member of the department’s diversity and inclusion committee. “Our first step is to guarantee funding for the best female and underrepresented graduate students."
Fellowships will be available starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, and both current MIT undergraduates and students from other universities are encouraged to apply.
“As the research in our department is wide-ranging, we encourage applications from students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, computer and environmental science, mathematics and physics, in addition to, of course, aerospace engineering,” Roy said.
The fellowships will be offered to students after admissions decisions are made.