About Us - LGBT @ MIT

We are passionate postdocs looking for enrichment in the LGBTQ+ MIT community. Here’s our mission and vision:


qtPhDs @ MIT seeks to support LGBTQ+ members of the MIT postdoctoral community and their allies as many go on to work in sectors such as academia, education, research, and industry. qtPhDs @ MIT provides resources that specifically address LGBTQ+ issues in postdoctoral professional development and encourages successful career transitions for our members. While maintaining professional excellence, qtPhDs @ MIT also encourages personal growth, reflection, and community building. We are committed to serving the inclusive interests of the greater LGBTQ+ community here at MIT and on a global scale.


We work together with the MIT Postdoctoral Association as well as LBGTQ @ MIT, including the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group. These organizations are fairly large, and actively advocate on behalf of their members for a more inclusive environment on campus. Meanwhile, qtPhDs @ MIT is a smaller group that is targeted to the specific needs and opportunities of this unique intersection of the MIT community.


A disclaimer on nomenclature


The phrase “qtPhDs” is meant to be compact and clear. Some of our members may not identify with or like the umbrella terms “queer” or “trans”. Some postdocs may hold a doctorate degree that is not called a “PhD”. To be clear, we welcome all MIT postdocs across a broad range of sexualities and gender identities. The name of our group is not meant to narrow this range.