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The Peter J. Eloranta Fellowships are awarded to MIT undergraduates (including  seniors graduating in June) for interesting and novel research of student-initiated ideas developed outside the normal curriculum in any field.

 Each individual fellowship is $6,000, and the stipend may be used to cover living expenses, travel, and materials and services costs. Eloranta Fellowships are very competitive, with four to six fellowships awarded each year. In choosing recipients, the selection committee looks for WOW quality: well-written, original, and workable.

Dr. Edwin H. Land, founder of the Polaroid Corporation and inventor of instant photography, established the fellowship in memory of Peter J. Eloranta ’68, to encourage undergraduate creativity and stimulate involvement in a broader range of intellectual activity than is normally possible during the term.

Please review the Eloranta web site, and consult the MIT contact, Sara Nelson, for more information.


Quick Facts

Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Field of Study             Any field
Type                           Summer fellowship
Place of Study            Anywhere
Award amount            $6,000
MIT Deadline              April 4
National Deadline       NA

Eligibility Requirements

Be a MIT undergraduate

Selection Criteria

Originality. The proposal should be for research originated and directed by you; it should not be a faculty member's research nor the continuation of a laboratory's work.

Feasibility. The proposal should present evidence that the plan is feasible and has a chance of success. The entire work should be completed during the summer or at least the majority of the work. If facilities or other people are necessary, the proposal should present clear evidence that the requisite permissions have been obtained.


(see official site for details and forms )

Proposals must be complete and submitted by the deadline to be considered.

Complete proposals include the following material:

  • Cover page
  • Abstract
  • Research proposal (including goals and background, supporting materials are optional)
  • Budget
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an MIT faculty member acquainted with the project. This faculty member should comment upon the proposal’s originality and feasibility in his/her letter. If a faculty member is willing to serve as a mentor for this research, he/she should note that.


MIT Process



  • Attend the information session or consult with the MIT contact.
  • Submit a pre-proposal for committee feedback (This is OPTIONAL; Not required)


  • Complete all application material.


  • Submit proposal to this address:
   Eloranta Fellowship Committee
   Sara Nelson
   Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
   MIT Room 7-104

Late April            

  • The fellowship selection committee meets to decide awards.

Late April-Early May            

  • Decisions are announced.


  • Presentation of stipend checks at Eloranta fellowship committee luncheon.


  • Presentations by fellows about their research the previous summer

Contact Information

MIT Representative            

Sara Nelson
Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
MIT Room 7-104

General Information

Eloranta website 

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