act research fellows & research affiliates

ACT has a limited number of research positions in fields connected to ongoing research by ACT faculty. These positions are not funded by ACT and outside funding must be demonstrated by applicants. Fellows and Affiliates cannot be enrolled as a student at any institution or currently engaged in PhD research.

Research Fellow – Fellows are practitioners and/or educators funded by an external institution or organization who have expertise, stature, and contacts in their field. They visit the program for a limited period of time to engage in research at ACT with ACT faculty. Although this is not a teaching or service role, Fellows are encouraged to interact with students and may visit ACT classes, whether as presenters or reviewers. Office space and other research-related resources might be made available.

Research Affiliate – Affiliates are investigators, educators, and other professionals with an existing relationship with an external organization, small or large. They can connect ACT with new groups and their organization benefits from a connection with ACT. Their relationships with the program tend to be of longer duration and are not funded. Affiliates do not have a teaching      or service role, but are encouraged to interact with students and visit ACT classes, whether as presenters or reviewers. An Affiliate does not usually have an office at MIT.

Those wishing to be considered for an appointment must submit a pre-application. Upon review of your material you will be informed whether or not you have been invited to submit a fuller application.

The pre-application should be submitted as a PDF no longer than 4 pages.  The pre-application has 2 parts:

  • Part One is a two-page summary of your research proposal.  The summary should address why you are interested in pursuing research at MIT and at ACT.  Please indicate your institutional affiliations and provide an explanation of how the research will be funded and the amount and use of the funds.
  • Part Two provides information about the applicant — biographical material and/or CV highlights, and any relevant URLs; this should be no more than two pages in length.  Please indicate how you expect to engage the faculty and students while at MIT.

Your submission should be emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Submissions longer than 4 pages will not be considered. Please expect acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within a week. Applications for the fall term (which starts 9/1) should be received by the preceding April 30th; applications for the spring term (which starts 2/1) should be received by August 31st of the prior year.  A decision on your pre-application will be communicated to you within 4 weeks. Submission instructions on your full application will be communicated at the time of a positive response to your pre-application.