Laureates and Leaders
The Laureates & Leaders program is a graduate school initiative designed to encourage and support students, in particular those who are underrepresented in the sciences and engineering, in their quest to achieve a doctoral degree.
The 2025 cohort application has closed. Thank you to all who applied!
The Laureates and Leaders Program is designed to encourage highly motivated and talented sophomore students who are underrepresented in STEM fields during their pursuit of a graduate degree; specifically dual M.D./Ph. D. or Ph. D. programs. Students are identified by their interests in advanced studies and by their strong academic records at MIT.
Throughout the students' remaining undergraduate years, the Laureates and Leaders program helps participants prepare for graduate school by:
- Connecting a group of select undergraduates who share an interest in attending graduate school.
- Facilitating networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, and graduate students through research talks and panels.
- Providing financial subsidies to help offset the costs of graduate school preparation, including application fees, GRE test fees, conference registration, travel to graduate schools and more.
Responsibilities of Laureates and Leaders’ students include:
- Maintain a competitive GPA
- Remain in the program from sophomore year until graduation
- Perform and present research
- Attend monthly workshops and events
- Meet with a faculty mentor and Laureates and Leaders' staff
- Apply to graduate school
Interested in graduate school but cannot join Laureates and Leaders? Subscribe to the Pathway to Graduate School mailing list to receive events, news and opportunities related to the preparation and application to graduate school!
Laureates and Leaders Class of 2022
Laureates & Leaders Class of 2020. Photograph by Iaritza Menjivar
Laureates & Leaders Class of 2021. Photograph by Iaritza Menjivar