The Tata Center supports the work of MIT faculty and graduate students whose research aligns with the Center’s mission. Numerous disciplines, including mechanical engineering, civil & environmental engineering, architecture, business administration, urban planning, and more, are represented in the Center’s diverse population.

Tata Fellows have the opportunity to be educated and immersed in the context of India and other developing countries while completing their graduate studies and doing work with real-world application. In many cases, they collaborate on projects in interdisciplinary teams.

Graduate Fellowship Programs


The Tata Fellowship program supports the efforts of MIT Masters students working on projects that combine technical education with immersion in the context of emerging India. Our intent is to develop professionals who will be equipped to apply their training in any resource-constrained setting.

Candidates for Fellowships must have strong technical backgrounds with an interest in design, entrepreneurship, and developing countries, and must be admitted to, or currently enrolled in, eligible MIT graduate level degree programs. Fellows are expected to spend six weeks in the Summer period and at least two weeks during the Independent Activities Period in India, invested in problem-finding and design activities.


Multi-year Fellowships may also be awarded to exceptional Ph.D. students whose thesis work is aligned with the objectives and needs of the Center.

How to apply:

Tata Center project proposals for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed. Our next call for proposals will open in Winter 2017-18.

We seek projects that will apply technology and systems innovations to challenges in India and the developing world, with the goal of having a significant positive impact on quality-of-life and sustainable development. The call is open to MIT Principal Investigators only.

For Students:

Each winter the Tata Center issues a call for Research Funding Proposals, at which time MIT faculty members can submit their project proposals. When a proposal is accepted, Tata Fellows are then nominated by their Faculty P.I.s. If you are a current or prospective MIT graduate student interested in joining the Tata Center program, discuss it with your P.I. We are also happy to provide you with more information. Contact us by email.


Undergraduate Programs


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. One of the leading programs of its kind in the United States, MIT’s UROP invites undergraduates to participate in research as junior colleagues. As UROPs, undergraduates participate in each phase of standard research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data and presenting research results in oral and written form.

MIT students use their UROP experiences to become familiar with the faculty, learn about potential majors, and investigate areas of interest. UROPs gain knowledge and practical skills that are applicable to careers after graduation or as graduate students. Most importantly, they become involved in exciting research. Get more information on MIT UROPs here.

MISTI Tata Center Summer Internships

The Tata Center supports 10 Tata Summer Interns in the MISTI-India Research Internships in Science and Engineering. This is a unique opportunity for MIT undergraduate students to explore the Indian science and technology milieu, gain practical skills, and develop collaborative networks. Internships take place in national laboratories, federal research centers, academic research institutes, and private R & D laboratories in India, and are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their host institutions.