Programs & Services

Laureates and Leaders Application

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for considering being part of the Laureates and Leaders program! 

Please read the application instructions in full before starting the application process. Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis as we receive completed applications. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask by sending an email to


Application Steps:

1. Submit the name and contact information of one faculty or other MIT staff member (excluding OME staff) that is willing and able to write you a letter of recommendation that showcases your potential to become a Laureate and Leader. Please submit this information as soon as you secure a recommender and before 11:59pm on October 18 th, 2017 (DEADLINE EXTENDED). Once you submit the recommender information, Laureates and Leaders staff will contact them directly via email. If you are part of Interphase EDGE the letter of recommendation is encouraged but not required.

2. Write your application essay (see details below) and save it in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. You will upload the essay to your application form in step 3.


Incorporate your honest response to the following questions in an essay of no more than two pages, typed and double-spaced.  Please be sure to include your name and MIT ID number in your essay.

  • Why would you like to become part of the Laureates and Leaders cohort?
  • What are your current and long-term goals? How do you see the Laureates and Leaders program assisting you to reach these goals? 
  • What are your academic and research interests? 
  • What do you currently perceive to be the biggest obstacle in your entrance into a graduate program?  To your completion of a doctoral degree?

3. Complete the applicant form (by clicking "next page" at the bottom of this page). Completing the form will take about 10-15 minutes. Please note that the form does not allow you to save your work thus you will have to finish at once.

4. Your application is considered complete when all three components (letter of recommendation, essay and applicant form) have been submitted. Application deadline (all parts completed) is Monday October 30th, 2017 at 11:59pm.

5. Eligible students will be contacted via email for an interview on a rolling basis.