Learn about funding opportunities and how you can collaborate with MEDSL and others in the field of election science.




The MIT Election Data and Science Lab established the New Initiatives in Election Science Grants in 2017 to encourage new approaches to the scientific study of elections and election reform. Each year, these grants fund systematic research on the conduct of elections in the United States by scholars around the country. 

Applications for New Initiatives Grants are currently closed. Click here for more information about past grants, and sign up for the Lab's newsletter to receive notifications when the application period for grants reopens. 

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We welcome inquiries about becoming part of MEDSL as an affiliate institution or expert, or simply learning more about what we do. We have career and student research opportunities periodically as well (see below).

Claire DeSoi


MEDSL hosts the Boston/Cambridge Election Science Working Group at MIT, a monthly gathering of faculty, graduate students, and other researchers who are interested in the scientific study of elections. All meetings are on the MIT campus in Room E53-482.

Our lab also sponsors conferences and workshops at MIT and elsewhere throughout the year. Click on an event below for details on date, time and location.

  • Election Audit Summit

    Join the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project & the MIT Election Lab at the Election Audit Summit in Cambridge, MA on December 7-8, 2018.

    The Summit will provide a space for engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, election officials, and the public to discuss the new strategies that are developing in the field of post-election auditing. Participants will explore key issues and perspectives from across the scientific, policy, and legal worlds, and contribute to advancing our collective knowledge and dialogue. Learn more and register for the conference here.

Job Opportunities

We do not have any current job openings, but please check back soon. If you are interested in an MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunity, please contact us.