GRADUATE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) is a student-run initiative offered by doctoral students in the MIT EECS department. GAAP pairs eligible applicants 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.
The GAAP application closes November 15
Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx US citizens and permanent residents.
An applicant whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
Women, non-binary applicants, and trans applicants of any gender.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual applicants as described by the Human Rights Campaign.
US citizens and permanent residents who have a family income below 150% of the US poverty line at the time of applying, and any applicants (US citizen or international) who will support dependents during graduate school.
Applicants with Disabilities
Applicants 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.
Applicants who have never attended a university from which the MIT EECS PhD program regularly receives applicants. For the purpose of GAAP admissions, a school is considered “underrepresented” if EECS had a small number of applicants with this affiliation in the last application cycle.
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