Rising Stars Workshop

Are you interested in careers in academia?

Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT invites top early career womxn in CEE and related domains (e.g. materials, systems, or environmental science) who are interested in careers in academia to apply to the CEE Rising Stars Workshop to be held on the MIT campus.

The event will bring together the next generation of CEE academic leaders for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. It will feature research presentations by the participants, faculty talks, panels on issues relevant to academic careers, and opportunities for informal networking with faculty members at MIT.

Civil and environmental engineering tackles problems in diverse areas related to the development of sustainable cities and local-to-global scale environmental issues. Read more about the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at MIT here.

The 2021 Rising Stars Workshop will be on October 28-29, 2021. Note that the event will be in-person. If the pandemic precludes visitor travel to MIT, the workshop will be moved to Spring of 2022.

Applications now being accepted at this portal until June 1, 2021

Application materials must include an application form, a nomination letter from a faculty member, CV, and a one page research statement from the candidate.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The CEE Rising Stars workshop is designed for early career researchers who share the experience of being a womxn and/or being coded as a womxn in academia. We use the term “womxn” to signify that Rising Stars is a workshop for anyone who identifies with this mission, which may include transgender women, cisgender women, non-binary people, and gender diverse people.

Applicants must be within approximately one year of graduating with their PhD or have obtained their PhD no earlier than 2016. Preference is given to applicants who have not secured a faculty position. Womxn who are currently graduate students or postdocs at MIT are not eligible.

Accommodations and Travel

MIT will cover meals and shared accommodations for two nights, and reimburse up to $600 in travel expenses (air, rail).


Please contact Professor Colette Heald or Bori Stoyanova.

View the 2019 Rising Stars Workshop agenda here.

Photos from the 2019 CEE Rising Stars event