Baker Fellowships

Baker Fellows work on community service projects that build capacity for underserved communities internationally. The Foundation gives preference to projects that support improvements in education, the provision of basic necessities (i.e. sanitation or health services), or the protection of civil liberties. Applicants advised by an MIT faculty member on their projects are also given preference. The Baker Fellowships are funded by the Baker Foundation and administered by the MIT Public Service Center.

To apply for a Baker Fellowship, submit your application as you would otherwise to the PSC. In your application, please write that you would also be interested in applying for a Baker Fellowship. The PSC will send the relevant applications to us, and we will contact those we plan to interview with further information.

Additionally, if you are proposing a project that fits with our goals, the Baker Foundation Committee would like to help. We may be able to find a faculty advisor for your work, connect you to other resources, or be a sounding board for your ideas. Contact us at

Description of Past Baker Fellow Projects:

Transforming Education with Technology: Akansh Murthy, (2013)

IAP 2011 Baker Fellow

Akansh worked with the MIT House of Volunteers and the Indian Institute of Science to provide impoverished students with computer-based education in a semi-rural and government-sponsored school in Bangalore, India. Expanding on this previous project in the same school, he designed, built, and configured a computer lab, consisting of eight new self-assembled computers, using a proprietary server-client system. Additionally, he provided the center with free and unique educational software so that students can begin to realize the true potential of computers and related educational tools in an area that never had such powerful resources.

Akansh with School Administration

Akansh Teaching Students about Computers

Thomas Hay – IAP 2010 Baker Fellow

“As part of my project, I put into place quality control measures that allow for
these processes to be repeated in a controlled manner, for data to be collected on
how these processes are being carried out, and ultimately, ensure better filters are
being produced at Pure Home Water’s newly constructed ceramic pot filter
factory.  I also did documentation of the construction of the factory, as part of
putting together a factory manual with the aid of another MIT student also
working in Ghana with Pure Home Water.   In this way, the information required
to make these filters can be distributed around the world, as the information to
make these filters is “open-source.”   I also spent time building the factory,
specifically working on the two kilns, the filter mold, and the filter press in order
to create quality means of production for the factory.  Finally, I spent some time
aiding with the making of filters and varying compositions of the materials to
prepare them for testing over the next couple months to be able to give a
recommendation to Pure Home Water about the best mix in order to make the best ceramic pot filters.

The construction of the ceramic water filter factory is going to benefit all of
Northern Ghana, making reliable ceramic water filters available to a population of
2 million people, the majority lacking any clean water or piped water source, for a
price of approximately 5 GHC (GHC stands for Ghana Cedi, the currency of
Ghana) per filter, a large reduction in cost from the 18 GHC filters which have
been previously sold in these rural and largely undeveloped areas.”

Alia Whitney-Johnson, 2006 & 2007 Baker Fellow

Alia Whitney-Johnson, 2006 & 2007 Baker Fellow

Sophomore Alia Whitney-Johnson displays some of the beaded jewelry she is selling to help young rape and incest victims in Sri Lanka. She set this table up at the March 3 MacVicar Day celebration at the Stata Center. Whitney-Johnson, a civil and environmental engineering major, taught the girls to make the jewelry.

Froylan Sifuentes and Kendra Johnson, 2007 Baker Fellows

Froylan Sifuentes and Kendra Johnson, 2007 Baker Fellows

Froylan and Kendra worked on a water treatment facility in Ecuador. Here, Froylan is directing the construction.

Sadik Antwi-Boampong, 2007 Baker Fellow

Sadik Antwi-Boampong, 2007 Baker Fellow

Sadik educates the people of Nsuta, Ghana on the value of reading and the importance of the new library.

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