The MIT EECS department offers a Graduate Application Assistance Program, in which eligible applicants are paired with current EECS doctoral students to receive feedback on personal and research statements. This program is designed for underrepresented groups, defined as those groups for which representation in the EECS PhD program at MIT is significantly less than representation in the general US population.



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applications close November 8th

*while applications for mentorship are now closed, you may still apply to receive a custom packet of application support materials

Underrepresented Minority

Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx US citizens and permanent residents.

Gender Minority

Women, non-binary students, and trans students of any gender.


US citizens and permanent residents who have a family income below 150% of the US poverty line at the time of applying, and any students (US citizen or international) who will support dependents during graduate school. 


 A student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or + students as described by the Human Rights Campaign.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Want to become a GAAP mentor?

Mentors support and assist EECS applicants through the application process, including feedback on the statement of purpose. Mentor training with the EECS Comm Lab will be held before applications open so that all volunteers know what the department is looking for and are equipped with tools to improve applications.

All current PhD students in EECS and PhD students that are members of EECS-affiliated labs are eligible to become a Mentor.

Get in Touch

Incoming graduate students:
reach out if you have questions about the application process, eligibility, timeline, etc.

Current graduate students:
reach out if you would like to get involved in the EECS GAAP and/or discuss engagement with THRIVE

We would like to thank the generous support from MIT/IBM Watson AI Lab, MIT Quest for Intelligence, and the MIT Department of EECS


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