Prospective PhD students

We are looking for PhD students to join the Technology, Equity, and Accessibility (TEA) Lab at Northeastern University. We welcome students who are excited about studying, designing, and building accessible technologies with and for people with disabilities. Students may come from a variety of technical and design background with expertise and interests in

  • Human-centered research involving various methods for data collection and analysis. These methods may include but are not limited to interviews, field observations, co-design sessions, focus groups, diary studies, exploratory and experimental user evaluation, field deployments, etc.
  • Programming and building user-centered systems/applications and/or experience with applied AI/ML

PhD students can join the TEA Lab through the Computer Science (CS) PhD program or the Interdisciplinary Design and Media PhD program. Feel free to email Dr. Maitraye Das with your CV and a short description of your research interests and mention her name in your application as one of the faculty members you are interested in working with.

Students who maintain satisfactory academic progress receive full funding for up to five years including tuition, stipend, and health insurance. Funding is provided through a combination of fellowship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantship. This link provides more information about financial support for CS PhD students. Also, GRE is NOT required for Khoury PhD programs or the PhD in Interdisciplinary Design and Media.

***PhD Recruiting has closed for this year. Applications will reopen in Fall 2024, for admission in Fall 2025. We do not admit PhD students at any other time during the year.***

For graduate and undergraduate students currently at Northeastern University

We have openings for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in accessibility research and are currently enrolled at Northeastern University. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Maitraye Das with your CV, the program that you are affiliated with, current advisors (if any), and a short description of your research interests to discuss potential opportunities. Students can apply to do research for credit, and a limited number of funded RA positions may also be available (depending on research fit). For master’s students, we highly recommend the Khoury Research Apprenticeship program. For Spring apprenticeship, the deadline for student nominations is early November and for Fall apprenticeship, the deadline is early May. Khoury master’s students can also enroll into 4-credit Readings and Projects course and/or 8-credit MS thesis with Dr. Das as faculty advisor.


Funded opportunities are not available for students who are not enrolled at Northeastern University, but we are happy to chat if there’s a strong alignment in research interests. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Maitraye Das with your CV and a short description of your research interests.

Dr. Das may not be able to respond to all emails, but she will get back to students if there is potentially a good fit.