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. Secure a recommender. The application for Laureates and Leaders requires one letter of recommendation from a faculty or MIT staff member (excluding OME staff). The recommender you choose must be willing and able to write a recommendation that showcases your potential to become a successful Laureate and Leader. You will be required to enter the name of your chosen recommender in the online application (step 3). Once you submit your application, Laureates and Leaders staff will contact the person directly via email. Recommenders will have until November 5th, 2018 to submit their letters of recommendations. Please note that the earlier you submit your application, the more time your recommender has to write you a letter.

2. Write your application essay (see details below) and save it in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. You will upload the essay to your online application 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 each page of your essay (as header).

  • 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 online application. Clicking "next page" at the bottom of this page will take you to the online application. Completing the form will take about 5-10 minutes. The deadline to submit your online application is Monday October 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm.

4. Application process will finalize with an interview with L&L staff. Candidates will be notified via email for interview scheduling. The interview will last aproximately 30 minutes and will take place, tentatively, the weeks of October 22nd - 29th.