An offer of admission to the Ph.D. program includes an offer of financial support from the Department of Mathematics. Applicants need not complete any special form in order to be considered for financial support.
First Year Students
Admitted students are offered a departmental fellowship for their first year, so that they have no teaching assistant duties then.
Continuing Graduate Students
Continuing graduate students in the Department of Mathematics are generally awarded Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or in some cases Research Assistantships (RAs), though a few fellowships also exist. Financial support is renewed for students making satisfactory progress towards their degrees, up to a total of five years, with the type of award varying.
The department provides financial support for the nine-month academic year. Each award of 50% or greater financial support consists of a tuition and salary/stipend component as well as an individual rate medical insurance benefit: awards of less than 50% cannot include medical insurance benefits. TA, RA, or fellowship awards in the Department of Mathematics either provide full tuition or supplement outside awards up to the level of full tuition in addition to providing a stipend.
Because of visa requirements of the Department of Homeland Security, international students with full TA or RA appointments are not eligible to pursue any additional work during the regular semester. They are also not eligible to serve as Graduate Resident Tutors in undergraduate dormitories. International students are eligible to work on campus (not off-campus) during MIT's Independent Activity Period and the summer term. International students who wish to pursue employment off-campus must apply for Optional Practical Training or Academic Training; see the International Students Office for more details.
Students are discouraged from accepting additional employment during the fall or spring semester if it would involve more than 3-4 hours per week beyond their TA and RA duties. Employment opportunities both inside and outside the department may be available during the summer.