Nominations 2020-2021

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor/Scholar Program nominations for MLK Visitors for the 2020-2021 academic year will start in the Fall of 2019.

The nomination deadline will be on February 14, 2020.

Decisions on nominations are expected by March 13, 2020.

Nominate a fellow using this online form.

*Nominations must be completed by an MIT faculty host, administrative officer, or other MIT administrators. Nominators must identify a potential MIT faculty member to agree to host the visitor.  The purpose of the Program is

  1. To enhance and to recognize the contributions of minority scholars through their greater presence on the MIT campus
  2. To encourage individuals of any underrepresented minority group, with emphasis on African Americans, to share their scholarly, professional, and teaching achievements with MIT faculty, staff, and students.

In addition to faculty members from other institutions, the Program will consider nominations of those in the public sector or in other roles of interest to our faculty.  ICEO commits funding one year at a time. Initial appointments are made for at least one semester and at most one year. Funding for a second year is possible subject to satisfactory review of a renewal nomination. Appointments are made as visiting faculty (Policies & Procedures Section 2.3.4), visiting engineer/scientist/scholar (Policies & Procedures Section 5.3.4), or postdoctoral fellow (Policies & Procedures Section 5.3.3) in any department, lab or center (DLC) provided there is a connection with MIT faculty. Recent visitors include Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015 National Book Award and MacArthur Fellowship winner), Baratunde Cola of Georgia Tech (2017 winner of the NSF Waterman Award), and Anita Hill of Brandeis University. The full listing of all visitors can be found at

MLK Visitor Nomination Process

An MIT host (usually a faculty member) works with the proposed visitor to collect information needed for a nomination. The Administrative Officer of the host DLC usually fills out the online nomination form. Nominations are not considered complete until a nomination letter has been provided by a faculty member and endorsement letters have been provided by both the DLC Head and Dean.

Nomination should include:

  1. Candidate’s information and CV
  2. Name of faculty host for the candidate
  3. Plan of Engagement for the visitor The Engagement Plan, written and agreed to jointly by the scholar and host, should consider interactions with MIT in research, teaching, student mentoring (graduate and undergraduate), and community life (e.g., efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, or outreach efforts).
  4. Budget
  5. Letter of nomination by a faculty member.
  6. Letter of endorsement by the relevant DLC Head and co-signed by Dean.

Each nomination must include a budget consistent with MIT budget preparation guidelines.  Allowed expenses include salary or stipend, employee benefits, housing and travel costs, and materials and services.  The ICEO will provide a maximum of $150K/year for pre-tenure professors. Up to $200K will be considered as needed based on academic rank. If the total costs are higher, then other sources of funding, e.g. the host Department or School, must be obtained. This nomination will be reviewed by the MLK Faculty Advisory Committee and Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO). Upon approval, the Department Head will send an offer letter to the candidate stating terms of appointment, and in turn request a letter of acceptance confirming dates of visit and other details of the appointment from the candidate. Upon receipt of a letter of acceptance (from the candidate), the ICEO will arrange for a transfer of  funds to the Department.

Advisory Committee

The MLK Faculty Advisory Committee reviews nominations for Visiting Professors and Scholars, makes recommendation for funding, and provides advice on policies and practices.  Committee members are selected by the ICEO, following recommendations from the Deans of each of MIT’s five schools. The members of the 2019-2020 Advisory Committee are:

  • Prof. Frank Solomon, Department of Biology
  • Prof. Katherine Kellogg, Sloan School of Management
  • Prof. Muriel Medard, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Prof. Kenda Mutongi, Department of History
  • Prof. Rafi Segal, Department of Architecture