Jacob Collier. "Imagination Off the Charts," MIT, 2016. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST Grants

The Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) was established to create new opportunities for art, science and technology to thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery at MIT.

The Center also supports projects that may be difficult to fund through traditional sources or are exploratory in nature but may lead to creative works, significant research or interesting collaborations in the future.

MIT faculty and directors of centers and labs are encouraged to submit a proposal for evaluation in the biannual review cycle.


Bhangra Club. Credit: South Asian Nation.

CAMIT Director's Grants

Applicants seeking Council funds of up to $500 may submit proposals at any time for a Director’s Grant. These grants are made available to assist projects that occur between scheduled funding cycles or that require modest support. Proposals must abide by the general grants funding criteria and application preparations, but there is no supporting material requirement. If awarded, a final report and financial statement must be submitted within two weeks of the project’s completion.

Please submit a Director’s Grant request form to apply

Rachel Bennett, Director of the Council for the Arts

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Kelly Douglas Fund

The Kelly-Douglas fund supports projects that enrich our understanding of one or more of the fields comprising the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. Initially created to support faculty research and teaching in the humanities alone, the Fund has gradually shifted its emphasis, broadening its mission to include lecturers and students (both graduate and undergraduate).

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands

Palitz Fellowship for the Study of Dutch Art and Culture

The Palitz Fellowship is an exciting new research and international education opportunity for MIT undergradutes.

The 6-month term as a Palitz Fellow includes the Spring semester in preparation with a faculty supervisor, followed by summer study in the Hague, with access to the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.

Areas of study can include any aspect of culture, art, or history in the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age, for example: history of science, horticulture, or cartography; the art market; economic history; or the technologies of print making and book production.

Margo Collett, Administrative Assistant, History


Peter J. Eloranta

Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded each spring to MIT undergraduates who have submitted proposals to conduct novel research or further develop innovative ideas, devices, prototypes, etc. The Eloranta Summer Fellowship Committee makes the award based on its review of submitted proposals. In making awards, the selection committee looks for proposals with a WOW quality: Well-written, Original, and Workable. Each individual fellowship is $6,000 and may be used to cover project materials and services costs, travel, and/or living expenses.