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The Andrea Chegut Fellowship Fund has been established to offer financial support to female graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning who are interested in applying design to solve complex problems and make a positive impact on the human environment.

This endowed fellowship honors the life and work of Dr. Andrea Chegut, research scientist and co-founder of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab and MITdesignX.

Who do we support?

The Andrea Chegut Fellowship is awarded once a year to a female graduate student in any department, lab or center of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.  Students must be enrolled full time at MIT during the Fall semester.

   Applicants should demonstrate: ​

  • a creative vision for the future

  • an ability to set and achieve challenging goals

  • an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving 

  • a strong will and passion to make an impact

What work do we support?

Areas of study could include, but are not limited to, design innovation, real estate technology, and entrepreneurship. 

The fellowship funds can be used for a variety of projects such as research, prototyping, pilot testing and installations. 


What the Andrea fellows have in common is they apply design and data to solve urgent and complex problems and aspire to make a positive impact.

The work of the fellows will be documented and archived on this site.

2023 Fellows


MCP 24

Developing technology and processes to provide rural Indian households with access to clean drinking water.


Claire Gorman

MCP / CSE 25

Environmental Intelligence: Research and Reflections on Large Language Models for Environmental Planning


Environmental Intelligence: Hello (AI-Assisted, Open-Source) World

This fellowship celebrates the life of Dr. Andrea Chegut and will inspire creative female innovators across the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Andrea believed deeply in people, possibilities, creativity, and truth. She was a brilliant mind. She fought injustice, lifted people up and was a passionate catalyst for her students and their creative possibilities. 


Cancer may have taken her life, but her memory and her legacy lives on. Andrea’s impactful work focused on the financial performance and economic outcomes of change in the built environment stemming from design, technology, and innovation. Her research identified product innovation with the aid of data science and machine learning techniques. Andrea used data science to inspire a sustainable, healthy, socially inclusive, and intelligent human environment. 

May Andrea continue to inspire us forever.


2016–2022    Research Scientist, MIT Center for Real Estate

                      Co-Founder and Director, MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab

                      Co-Founder and Head of Research, MIT DesignX

2014–2016    Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIT

2013–2014    Postdoctoral Fellow, Maastricht University


2014–2016    Post-doctorate, MIT Center for Real Estate.

2009–2013    PhD Finance, Maastricht University

2008–2009    Msc. in Economics and Law, Utrecht University

2003–2004    Bsc. in Economics, College of Charleston, 

2003–2003    Academic Exchange, Georgetown University.

1999–2003    BA. in Philosophy, College of Charleston

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