The Progetto has sent more than 150 Rocca Fellows from POLIMI to MIT, and it views the Fellows as a community. We recommend reaching out to past Rocca fellows for insights about how to contact a MIT faculty, labs that might be willing to host you, housing, and visa procedures. For a list of previously funded research topics, and MIT host faculty and labs, please visit the “Fellows” page.
Applications are due April 15th, for the Fall Semester, and October 1st, for the Spring Semester. All documents must be submitted electronically.
Applications must include:
Applicants will be assessed by members of the Progetto Rocca Board.
Selected applicants must satisfy all the necessary MIT financial and visa (J-1) requirements. Admission to MIT as a visiting student is conditional to the successful completion of the following procedures, which should take about 100 days:
The Roberto Rocca Doctoral Fellowships amount to $ 8,500 for the first semester, and $ 7,500 for the second semester. Fellowships also cover the visiting students’ processing and term fees, and bench fees if charged, but do not cover health insurance nor visa processing costs.
Successful applicants come to MIT as visiting students. As such, they have access to MIT facilities and their labs, and can audit seminars and classes with instructors’ permission.
After being granted a Rocca Fellowship, you need to be approved by MIT as a visiting student, and, after this is done, apply for the J-1 visa. The approval procedure is entirely in the purview of your host department, while the visa procedure is managed by MIT International Student Office, which only acts on it after your department has assigned you a MIT ID number. The length of the process varies somewhat, but it usually takes about 100 days. You are responsible for making sure it moves along the various steps.
Because of the term fees charged by MIT and to facilitate their integration in the host research groups, students should time their stays to coincide with MIT semesters: from the beginning of February to the end of May for the Spring semester, and from the beginning of September to the third week of December for the Fall semester.
You cannot receive credit or enroll in language classes and are not eligible for an MIT degree.
MIT will not wire your fellowship funds, but will make them available by check upon your arrival at MIT. You will need to open a bank account —but this is much less time consuming and much less costly than in Italy. To make sure your check will be ready, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org of your confirmed date of arrival.