GPSW is excited to announce that our program will be able to meet 100% of student financial need for the 2019-2020 year in non-loan fellowship and work-study aid. The Class of 2020 will receive more financial aid than any class before thanks to an influx of fellowships and new partnerships with departments at MIT. All eight of our incoming science writers will receive a minimum of $70,000. This funding fully covers tuition for fall, spring, and summer, with additional aid to help cover some living expenses. Cumulative class funding totals nearly $600,000.
GPSW is able to offer this level of support due to recognition by the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (SHASS) and the Dean of Graduate Education of how important our program is to MIT’s mission, and thanks to professional development partnerships with departments throughout MIT campus. In addition to completing the GPSW curriculum, all students will take on part-time research assistant positions within science publications and communications departments based on MIT campus. Our partner organizations for this year include:
Undark, the internationally-renowned digital science magazine
Research assistant positions provide students with unique opportunities to report on scientific research as it unfolds and to gain résumé-building experience while on campus. In these positions, students produce professional-level work, which may include writing science news pieces and feature stories, producing podcasts or video segments, editing and fact-checking digital magazine pieces, covering live conferences and events, or working within larger teams to produce researched reports.
The GPSW team is thrilled to welcome our incoming Class of 2020, and equally happy knowing that our students will not need to take on undue financial hardship in order to be here. We’re looking forward to a fantastic upcoming year.