MEnTorEd Opportunities in Research (METEOR), is a postdoctoral fellowship program sponsored by MIT CSAIL to support exceptional researchers in computer science and artificial intelligence and to broaden participation in the field. Fellows conduct cutting-edge research as part of a vibrant community and are hosted by research groups with synergistic scientific interests.
The goal of METEOR is to enable outstanding individuals to do research in the lab and prepare for careers in academia or industry. The program also features in-depth opportunities for mentorship from researchers in both CSAIL and industry. Postdoctoral researchers selected are awarded a one-year funded appointment (renewable for a second year.) This is a multi-year program, which is hoped to grow and broaden beyond CSAIL.
Participants have the opportunity to attend seminars and receive training on the application process for academic and industrial careers. They participate in group activities with their cohort and the larger lab. There are multiple positions available at this time, and postdoctoral fellows are paired with CSAIL PI mentors.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) or DACA recipients and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education at MIT (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
- Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in computer science and artificial intelligence, including women, trans of any gender, or non-binary
- A scholar participating in a fellowship or academic support program vetted by MIT (CSAIL will verify an applicant’s status while pursuing a doctoral degree at a U.S. institution)
- First-generation college students who were the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university
- Experiences overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school -- examples include but are not limited to:
- Managing a disability
- Veteran status
- Single parent
- Holding DACA status
- Financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
- Applications open: November 15, 2022
- Decisions announced: March, 2023
- Program begins: September 1 – December 15, 2023
* Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by February 1, 2023. To submit an application, please visit the application portal.
Program Benefits and Details section
• Each post-doc selected will be awarded a 1 year funded appointment (renewable for a 2nd year if there is interest) and receive research training, mentoring, and guidance from faculty researchers at MIT CSAIL.
• Each post-doc will have an opportunity to engage with industry sponsors through various events at CSAIL including a METEOR dinner with all METEOR post-docs, faculty and sponsors. All METOR post-docs will be expected to give a tech talk for METEOR sponsors on their research project or research domain.
• All METEOR post-docs will have the opportunity to explore research careers in academia as well as industry. Over the course of the academic year, each sponsor is invited to come to the CSAIL to host a ‘lunch and learn’ led by someone at the company, who has a PhD and is actively engaged in research, who will discuss career paths, challenges/rewards of working in industry.
- Research summary (past research)
- Letters of recommendation (1-2)
- Representative publications (1-3)
- Area of interest (applicants may indicate the MIT CSAIL PI they are interested in working with, but this is not required)
- Candidates may be asked to give a 30 minute virtual talk about their past research
More information about the program is available by viewing frequently asked questions.
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The founding sponsors of the METEOR fellowship program include Accenture, Google and JPMorgan Chase.