A resource for MIT staff and postdoctoral scholars in financial distress

December 12, 2022
Ramona Allen, Vice President for Human Resources |

Dear Colleagues,

Since its establishment in April 2020, the MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund has provided financial relief to nearly 400 staff and postdoctoral scholars, and has proven to be a vital resource for individuals facing acute setbacks. Funded solely by generous donations from the MIT community, Hardship Fund grants have helped those in financial distress pay for housing, utilities, food, medical care, and other critical expenses.

In order to maintain this important initiative, I am writing to share the following information:

  • Eligible MIT staff and postdocs who are experiencing an immediate, severe, and temporary financial hardship due to a sudden or non-recurring emergency – including loss of income, severe illness or injury, natural disaster, or other unforeseen challenge – may apply for assistance from the fund.
  • Donations to the fund can be made via credit card, payroll deduction, or wire transfer. MIT faculty and departments may also transfer up to $2,000 from a discretionary fund. Please scroll down the webpage for instructions on Discretionary Fund Transfers via Journal Voucher.

We are grateful to the MIT community members who have made, or plan to make, donations in any amount to support our staff and postdoctoral scholars. Your generosity and compassion enable us to provide immediate and meaningful relief to our MIT colleagues.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the MIT HR Center for WorkLife and WellBeing at worklife@mit.edu or 617-253-1592.

Best wishes for a relaxing winter break.


Ramona Allen
Vice President for Human Resources