Programs & Services

Laureates and Leaders Application 2017

The 2017 Laureates & Leaders application has closed. Please check back in Fall 2017 for the next cohort.

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for considering the Laureates and Leaders program.  Please read below for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Application Steps:

  1. Write your essay (see details below). You will upload the essay in your Applicant Form.
  2. Complete the Applicant Form (by clicking "next page" at the bottom); it 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.
  3. The recommender you list in the Applicant Form will receive an email from Laureates and Leaders staff with a link to upload their letter of recommendation.  Be sure to ask your recommender and let them know that they will receive an email.  Please provide your recommender with a completed Recommendation Sheet. *** If you have not secured a Recommender you can still complete the Applicant Form, but will need to email Dean Lilen Uchima (lilen@mit.edu) with the Recommender's contact information.***
  4. Once you complete the Applicant Form, upload your essay. The essay questions and the link to upload are in the section below.  
  5. Your application is considered complete when all three components (Applicant Form, Essay, and Letter of Recommendation) have been submitted. 
  6. Eligible students will be contacted for an interview.

Essay:

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 on your essay. 

  1. Why would you like to become a participant in the OME Laureates and Leaders program?
  2. What are your current and long-term goals?  How do you see the Laureates and Leaders program assisting you to reach your goals? 
  3. What are your academic and research interests? 
  4. Describe your family's educational attainment and how it influences your goals. 
  5. What do you currently perceive to be the biggest obstacle in your entrance into a graduate program?  To your completion of a doctoral degree? 

Recommendations:

You will need one letter of recommendation from a faculty or MIT staff member (excluding OME staff members).  Your recommenders will be emailed a link so they can upload their recommendations.  You will need to provide the contact information for your recommender in the Applicant Form. 

Be sure to ask your recommender and let them know that they will receive an email.  Please provide your recommender with a completed Recommendation Sheet.  If your recommender needs additional time, please contact Dean Uchima lilen@mit.edu

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2016