Stipend Rates

MIT strives to offer competitive stipend rates. Stipend rates are extensively reviewed and revised each year by the Office of the Provost. Set rates vary by field of study, length of degree time, degree type, and teaching appointment status. These rates can only serve as a guideline to what a department may offer when providing a funding package. Departments have the freedom to set higher or lower rates that are in line with their funding policies.

12 Month Annual Stipend Levels (2019 – 2020)

Research Assistantships (RA)

  • Science & Engineering (Doctoral) – $39,391/year ($3,283/month)*
  • Engineering (Master’s) - $35,992/year ($2,999/month)*

Teach Assistantships (TA)

  • Science & Engineering (Contact) – $40,331/year ($3,361/month)*
  • Engineering (Support) - $36,363/year ($3,030/month)*

*Note: individual department stipend rates may deviate from this number. Departments may choose a range between +15% and -10% of the posted rate.