May/June 2023Vol.XXXV No. 4

MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund Offers Grants to Those in Need

Since its establishment in April 2020, the MIT Staff Emergency Hardship Fund has provided financial relief to nearly 430 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.

The impact of Hardship Fund grants is substantial; as one recipient stated to the review committee: “I am humbled to have asked for this grant, but honored to be able to work for such an amazing place that can offer support like this to our community.”

Donations to the fund can be made via credit card, payroll deduction, or wire transfer. In addition – and an important means of support to the fund – MIT faculty and departments may also transfer up to $2,000 from a discretionary fund. Since the fund was initiated in 2020, there have been close to 200 of these donations. Please scroll down to the “How to donate” section on 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. If you have any questions, please reach out to the MIT HR Center for WorkLife and WellBeing at or 617-253-1592.