CRD Grants

Committee on Race and Diversity Grants Information

CRD Grants are intended to help offset the costs of events and programs that promote diversity and inclusion at MIT. Proposals are organized along five core themes that provide a range of event options, offer learning opportunities, and ensure that the grantees and CRD learn from the experience.

Application process

There are two grant proposal cycles each year; submission deadlines are November 1 and March 1. Proposals must be completed by an MIT faculty host, administrative officer, or another MIT administrator.

The CRD Grant Application is available at any time.

Core themes

The CRD grants process is organized along five core themes:

  • Career Development (Professional/ Scholar)—Includes workshops, conferences, and colloquia; venues must be open to the MIT community. Example: NSBE Annual Convention
  • Collaborative Immersion—Programs involving collaborations among alumni, faculty, and/or staff in event planning and implementation. ExampleChocolate City Faculty Reception
  • Community-based Initiatives—Programs that establish new or deeper connections between MIT and off-site constituencies (i.e. MIT10, potential students volunteering in surrounding communities, etc.), especially with communities MIT has not connected in the past. Example: Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Science Extravaganza
  • Expanding Outlooks (Social/Political/ Cultural)—Includes recruitment events, forums, and arts-oriented projects. Example: Black Week
  • Leading Outward—Based on the “leading upward” model, these programs train participants in leadership skills, particularly around diversity and inclusion, for later dissemination to the MIT community. Example: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Institute for Leadership Advancement Conference
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Applicants may receive only one award per academic year. CRD funds up to $1,500 per proposal. Proposers are encouraged to seek additional funding sources when needed.

Please read the “Marketing Your Event” tips below.


You will be asked to submit a report after your program has concluded. You will need valid MIT certificates to access the CRD Grant Final Report.


Contact the CRD Co-chairs with questions at