2020–2021 Call for Nominations

Each MIT faculty member is invited to nominate one outstanding student to become a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for 2020–2021. A nominee for the Martin Fellowship should be working in an area of environment and sustainability as indicated by his/her clearly articulated statement of interest, subjects taken, and proposed research area. Eligible nominees are PhD students who have already completed their doctoral exams before the start of the fellowship year (i.e., on or before August 31, 2020), are in the initial phases of their research towards their dissertation, and will be in residence at MIT during the fellowship period. Strong preference is given to nominees who have completed their doctoral exams at the time of nomination. Selected fellows are awarded two semesters of funding.


The nomination period for the 2020-2021 Martin Fellowships is now open. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 28.


Nomination packets should be submitted to Scott Tirrell, Director of Graduate Fellowships, Office of Graduate Eduation (OGE) at stirrell@mit.edu in two parts. Part 1 may be submitted by the student candidate OR by the nominating faculty (or his/her assistant).  Part 2 must be submitted by the nominating faculty or his/her assistant.

Part 1:  STUDENT CANDIDATE: Submit the following, in a single PDF, in the order given below:

  1. A completed Martin Fellow Nomination cover sheet.
  2. The student’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A current, unofficial copy of the student’s transcript (this can be obtained free of charge with photo ID from Student Financial Services, room 11-120). Note that the Martin Society seeks students with outstanding academic credentials; candidates must demonstrate a graduate GPA of 4.5 or higher.
  4. A statement of interest from the student. The statement should directly address the three questions below. IMPORTANT NOTE: the statement must be written with a multidisciplinary audience clearly in mind. Reviewers will be from multiple disciplines, and non-specialists should be able to clearly understand your work and its implications for the environment and sustainability.
  • What is your research question? How do you plan to answer it (methods, workplan)? (2 pages maximum)
  • How will your project contribute to sustainability? (1 paragraph)
  • Beyond your research, how have you been or how do you plan to be an ambassador for sustainability? (1 paragraph)

Part 2:  NOMINATING FACULTY MEMBER: Submit the following as a PDF:

A signed letter of nomination on MIT letterhead that provides an appraisal of the student’s qualifications and capabilities and indicates why he/she believes the student should be awarded a Martin Fellowship for Sustainability.

Selection Process

Martin Fellows are selected by a faculty committee representing all five MIT Schools. Approximately ten Fellows will be funded for 2020–2021. Award decisions are announced in the spring.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Meyers: smeyers@mit.edu