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John A. Lyons Fellowship

university fellowships committee

The late John A. Lyons willed a sizable endowment to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for the express purpose of encouraging Boston College graduates to study any of the Social, Natural, or Applied Sciences at MIT. The Lyons Fellowships established by this bequest include payment of tuition (but not fees) and a generous monthly stipend. Lyons Fellowships are renewable for a total of two years for Master's study or four years for Ph.D. programs. The fellowships carry a moral obligation of repayment, but only when the recipient feels that he or she is financially able to do so.

To be eligible for the Lyons Fellowship, a BC applicant must have been born in Massachusetts and be admitted to a graduate degree program at MIT. The terms of the Lyons bequest originally specified that the awards should be given to BC graduates of Irish descent who were Roman Catholic and were born within 20 miles of the Massachusetts State House. More recently, however, these qualifications have been made only “preferences,” and any BC graduate who was born in Massachusetts and will be matriculating for graduate work at MIT is eligible to apply.

An eligible BC student who has applied to a graduate program at MIT should indicate his or her interest in a Lyons Fellowship directly to the Dean of the MIT Graduate School, and to the Chair of the graduate department to which he or she has applied. This should be done in writing and should indicate which of the above terms of eligibility and preference categories the applicant satisfies. Upon verification of the applicants' admission to MIT, Lyons Fellowship winners will be selected by the Dean of the Graduate School at MIT in accordance with the listed preferences.

It is very important for BC applicants eligible for the Lyons Fellowship to make their eligibility known to the Dean of the Graduate School at MIT promptly upon applying to an MIT graduate program. Otherwise, the Lyons Fellowship may not be available.