The Progetto funds 6-12 month research stays at MIT for 5-6 Politecnico PhD students every year.

Priority will be given to students who participate in collaborative projects between MIT and Politecnico research groups. Please note that in addition to academic excellence, the fit between the applicants’ interests and those of the hosting labs is a major criterion for selection. High-quality profiles are sought.

The Roberto Rocca Doctoral Fellowships amount to $6,500 per semester, plus a $1,500 una tantum travel allowance. Fellowships also cover the visiting students’ processing and term fees, but do not cover health insurance.

Successful applicants come to MIT as visiting students. As such, they have access to MIT facilities and their labs, and can audit seminars and classes with instructors’ permission. However, they cannot receive credit or enroll in language classes, and are not eligible for an MIT degree. For more information please go to

Because of the term fees charged by MIT and to facilitate their integration in the host research groups, students should time their stays to coincide with MIT semesters: from the beginning of February to the end of May for the Spring semester, and from the beginning of September to the third week of December for the Fall semester.

Applications are due April 15th - for the Fall Semester - and October 1st, for the Spring Semester. Since the Progetto Rocca needs to cover visiting students fees for each semester, or portions thereof, the Rocca Fellows spend at MIT we strongly encourage applicants to time their visit with the beginning of the semesters - beginning of September for the Fall Semester, beginning of February for the Spring Semester, beginning of June for Summer Semester. All documents must be submitted electronically. 

Applications must include:

  • A one page description of the student’s research project at MIT.
  • The name of the MIT faculty who will “host” the student
  • An indication of the desired length of stay at MIT (one, two or three semesters)
  • A letter of recommendation from a Politecnico faculty,
  • A letter of acceptance from the hosting MIT faculty
  • The authorization to study abroad by the candidate’s PhD coordinator
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae that specifies the applicant’s place and date of birth, citizenship and current residence
  • The student’s graduate and undergraduate academic record
  • Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL or similar test)

Please send your complete application in electronic format to the Scuola di Dottorato del Politecnico di Milano  Applicants will be assessed by members of the Progetto Rocca MIT Board members and relevant faculty.

Selected applicants must satisfy all the necessary MIT financial and visa ( J-1) requirements. Admission to MIT as a visiting student is conditional to the successful completion of the following procedures, which take about 90 days:

  • Your host faculty needs to have your visit approved first by his department’s head, and then by MIT VP for research. Your host department also needs to enter your basic data in the MIT database. Your host professor needs to initiate these procedures.
  • Once your visit to MIT has been officially approved, the MIT International Student Office will request a DS-2019 form on your behalf. You need this form in order to make an appointment at the US consulate in Italy and apply for a J-1 visa. To initiate the visa procedure, you will need to provide the ISO:
    • PROGRAM INFORMATION - Upload LETTER OF ENROLLMENT from the Politecnico di Milano on letterhead certifying the student’s current enrollment in a degree program, expected graduation date, good academic standing. Upload INVITATION LETTER FROM THE HOST DEPARTMENT/LAB ( will be provided by MIT hosting department)
    • FINANCIAL INFORMATION- More than 51% of the total funding must come from a source other than personal or family funds. ( Rocca Fellowship counts among these). Upload FUNDING DOCUMENTS
    • MEDICAL CERTIFICATION - All Visiting Students must either purchase the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan or provide proof that their insurance meets the requirements specified by Federal Regulations for J-1 student visa holders. MIT Student Health Plan Office requires all Visiting Students insurance to cover preexisting conditions. All Medical Insurance questions should be directed to the MIT Student Health Plan Office at