All students entering our programs are fully funded, whether through
fellowships from endowed funds [e.g. Charney, Shrock, Kerr, Klein,
Presidential, Ida Green, Energy, etc.], or research grants.
The 2009-2010 stipend is approximately $2,350 per month.
of a fellowship or assistantship can accept other employment.
Appointments are normally made for the nine-month academic year
(Sept 1-May 31). Three-month summer appointments may also be made. These are
normally available to first-year graduate students, but may not
always be so.
During the January Independent Activities Period (IAP), research and
teaching assistants are expected to be in residence and to be employed in activities
relevant to their degree program, e.g., IAP activities, independent study, research
Prospective students are also encouraged to apply for NSF, DOD, Hertz, or other fellowships on forms
available through their undergraduate institutions or directly from the funding agency.
These fellowships may be awarded only to citizens of the United States.
Should students bring fellowships with them, if required, they will
be subsidized to meet MIT's stipend level.
The Henry G. Houghton Fund
The Henry G. Houghton Fund was established by the late Henry G.
Houghton to enhance graduate research in meteorology and physical oceanography. It
supports the acquisition of research equipment, student travel to conferences and
workshops, journal subscriptions, and many other graduate research activities. It also
supports lectures by distinguished scientists from outside MIT. All PAOC students are
eligible to apply for funding from this account. Profs.John
Kerry Emanuel comprise The Houghton Committee.
The Jule Charney Fellowships
Prof. Jule G. Charney, who was a faculty member from 1956 until his
death in 1981, was one of the great founders of modern meteorology, and a major
contributor to theoretical physical oceanography. He is best known for his seminal
discussion of baroclinic instability and his founding, as a member of von Neumann's group
at the Institute of Advanced Study in 1948, of the field of numerical weather prediction.
In honor of these and others of Charney's great contributions, PAOC awards an annual Jule
G. Charney fellowship to an outstanding incoming graduate student.
See here for more information on
The Warren G. Klein Fund
This fund, made possible by the estate of
Warren Klein, was
established in 1998 to provide fellowship assistance to graduate students in PAOC with a
preference for a student in meteorology. Graduate student
now a Professor at Texas A&M, was the first