Fellowships + Grants

The Center offers funding and resources to scholars and students studying international affairs. Below is a list of fellowships offered by the Center and other institutions.

CIS Fellowships:

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship Program
CIS participates in a fellowship program funded and organized by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and the friends and family of Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter who was killed in Iraq in May 2003. Fellowship recipients are offered research opportunities at the Center as well as professional opportunities at The Boston Globe and at The New York Times. The fellowship supports women journalists who report on human rights and social justice.
Current Neuffer Fellow
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Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program
Open to all full-time MIT undergraduate and graduate students, the program aims to generate new research and understanding of how human rights are enhanced by the use of technology, or, conversely, how human rights are threatened by certain uses of technology.  The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities.  The Center will award $2000 to each Fellow to pursue their project.
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Security Studies Program
The MIT Security Studies Program currently has three programs for visiting fellows, the Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellows program; the Nuclear Security Fellows program; and the National Security Fellows program. 
More information

CIS-funded grants:

CIS Summer Study Fellowship 
Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered. 

At present, MIT has banned international travel. For those students proposing such travel, if awarded a grant, CIS staff will work with them to ensure that travel can be undertaken safely and efficiently, following MIT guidance.  Travel under the grant can be delayed indefinitely and in accordance with MIT rules.

CIS/Starr Student Travel Fellowships
Requests for travel fellowships from MIT doctoral students in international studies who intend to present a paper on international affairs at a professional meeting. Requests may not exceed $750 per meeting and are limited to one per student per lifetime.

MISTI International Internships
MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.

Working Group Grants
Working groups enable the MIT scholarly community to tackle research issues that are not confined to a single department or discipline.

CIS-administered grants:

Luce Scholars Program  |  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Award |  NSEP Boren Fellowships |  Comparative Media Studies  |  Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods  | Fulbright  |  Graduate Student Office  |  MIT Public Service Fellowships  |  MIT Scholarships and Fellowships  | The National Academies  | Social Science Research Council  |  Student Financial Services  |  Blakemore Foundation 

The Technology and Human Rights Fellowship 

The Technology and Human Rights Fellowship is part of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s project to examine how technological advances over the next several decades will affect the future of human life, as well as the protections provided by the human rights framework. The project invites applications from individuals to affiliate with the Center for one academic year to conduct research on the ethical and rights implications of technological advancements in general, and artificial intelligence in particular. 

The core tenet of human rights is that power be used to protect and advance the rights of the most vulnerable, and while new technologies can help achieve these goals, there are dangers and challenges in the near and long term, ranging from algorithmic bias to the rise of fake news to even the creation of sentient beings that challenge our notion of what is human. Looking forward, there are technological innovations underway and on the horizon that will raise ethical and policy considerations and dilemmas and will have an impact on a range of human activities, as well as the human body and mind.

The Fellowship is an unpaid position that will last for one academic year (September 2020 - June 2021). Fellows may be in residence (with limited shared office space), or virtual. Access to shared office space is also available for those who are based in the Cambridge/Boston area or who may be on a sabbatical or professional leave during this period, and we welcome applications from those who want to be in residence. Fellows are expected to come to Cambridge, MA once per semester to learn from each other, share their work in progress with the Carr Center and the broader Kennedy School community, and participate as appropriate in presentations, trainings, or workshops. Limited travel subsidies are available for those who need assistance. 

Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with each other and must participate in periodic Zoom calls with Carr Center faculty and other experts. Papers prepared by fellows will be published by the Carr Center and promoted by the Center, and projects of a more practical or applied nature will be presented to a cross-section of experts who will give feedback and ideas for strengthening. 

We are encouraging applicants who focus on the following themes: 

  • Ethical Implications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Racial Justice and Technology 
  • Business and Human Rights Principles in the Age of Technology 
  • Human Rights in the Digital Public Sphere 

Application Process

The following items should be included in your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

  • Resume/CV
  • Project proposal that outlines the background or context, the nature of the problem, the time horizon for the problem, the proposed nature of your research project or intervention (including how it fits with the Carr Center’s work), the anticipated impact, and your qualifications (up to 3 pages)
  • Executive summary of proposal (up to 200 words)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your ability to complete the proposed project
  • Relevant writing sample (up to 5 pages)
  • A list of prior publications (with links or up to 3 attachments)
  • Indicate on your application if you intend to be residential or non-residential (we have some shared office space for residential applicants)

Application deadline: February 28th, 2020 5:00 pm EST

Link to application: https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/news/call-applications-technology-and-human-rights-fellowship-program


PLEASE NOTE: Information on fellowships/grants and application procedures is constantly updated, often in response to student requests for clarification. Please read the website immediately before you submit an application to make sure you comply with up-to-date procedures.

Please also note that deadlines cannot be extended, including deadlines for internal competitions. 

Students are encouraged to seek comments on draft proposals from academic supervisors or others. The CIS executive director is willing to read drafts of proposals being submitted to external agencies (e.g., Luce and Carnegie), if given sufficient notice.