Welcome to qtPhDs @ MIT! We are a group that serves the LGBTQIA+ community of postdoctoral scholars, associates, fellows, and researchers at MIT.


For information about our upcoming events, see our Contact Us page to join our mailing list or check out our News section.



January 2024: Call for New Leadership


We are immensely proud of our work building the qtPhDs community during the last two years. The time has come for us to step aside and allow a new generation of postdocs to lead the qtPhDs community with a fresh perspective. 


Leading qtPhDs entails organizing monthly social events, and also provides opportunities to interface with the administration and other groups on campus. In our time as co-leads, we have been invited to meet with the president of MIT and the head of the ICEO; to participate in hiring committees and working groups; and organized lots of events together with the Postdoc Association, the Rainbow Lounge, QStaff, LGBTQ Grad, and more!


We are now welcoming interested members of our community to nominate themselves for leadership of this wonderful group by e-mailing us at qtphds-owner [at] mit [dot] edu. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or to hear more details! We will keep the community informed during this process.



Do you fall within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and are a Postdoc at MIT? If so, you probably have a lot on your plate. You could be figuring out your identity, perhaps you’re trying to figure out this whole research thing, or thinking about which career to pursue. Maybe you are new to the Boston area, or to the United States. Or, are you an ally looking to support this dynamic group of people at MIT? Whoever you are, welcome!


If you want to help foster an inclusive environment on campus, for students and staff, you’ve come to the right place. You may also want to just unwind from your busy schedule for a little bit, and hang out with folks that are in the same boat as you.


We here at qtPhDs @ MIT aim to serve the LGBTQIA+ postdoctoral community at MIT. We welcome everyone across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identities, and founded this group with the understanding that Postdocs have specific experiences that are not covered by other LGBTQIA+ groups on campus. We hope to offer something for everyone, such as:

  • Social events
  • Professional development
  • Solidarity, support, and advocacy

In addition to special events, we hold a monthly coffee hour, usually on the first Monday of every month at 2pm (outside or in the Rainbow Lounge, learn more by joining our mailing list by e-mailing "qtphds-owner at mit dot edu"), serving cookies, tea, and coffee. We hope to see you there!



COVID Safety: As the weather allows, we will continue to hold events outdoors. As the winter becomes more hostile, we will follow current MIT guidelines to hold safe indoor events. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or ideas for making our events more inclusive and COVID-safe.


qtPhDs is sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association, in part through the PDA Postdoc Initiative Grant. If you have an idea that benefits the MIT community, consider applying for the fund!