Membership levels


Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

by Stacie Slotnick

Nov. 8, 2018

The Lab's primary source of funding comes from more than our corporate members, whose businesses range from electronics to entertainment, furniture to finance, and toys to telecommunications. Membership, available in several different options, provides a unique opportunity for corporations to have access to a valuable resource for conducting research that is too costly or too "far out" to be accommodated within a corporate environment. It is also an opportunity for corporations to bring their business challenges and concerns to the Lab to see the solutions our researchers present.

Consortium Lab Member (CLM)

As a Consortium Lab Member, your company plays a leading role in fulfilling our mission to create transformative technologies, experiences, and systems that enable people to reimagine and redesign their lives. For up to a three-year period, consortium members have the rare and unique opportunity to engage with Media Lab students, researchers, and faculty on key research areas of common interest and global importance. Membership benefits include:

  • Access to research updates through the password-protected Member Portal
  • Invitations for your representatives to each of the Media Lab’s biannual Member Meetings
  • Non-exclusive, license-free, royalty-free licensing rights for IP to all work created in the Media Lab during your membership years
  • Lab-wide visiting privileges for your employees and customized company day at the Lab with a strategic brainstorming session—deep dives into a Media Lab research group or project of specific interest to your organization—with Media Lab faculty, staff, and students
  • Invitation to Lab-wide lectures and special events
  • Student recruitment
  • Featured status on the MIT Media Lab website as a Member

Consortium Research Lab Member

Provides all the benefits of a CLM, as well as the opportunity to have an employee-in-residence at the Media Lab in order to engage deeply in collaborative projects with a faculty member and become part of a research group.

Named Fellowship (add-on)

For a two-year commitment, your organization may name a student fellow. Also available for non-members.

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Above is a sample of the major membership opportunities. Contact us to discuss other programs that fit your needs and interests.