Fellowships + Grants

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

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.

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

Additional grants related to international studies:

The Carroll L. Wilson Award  |  Chronicle of Higher Education  |  Comparative Media Studies  |  Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods  |  Council on Foreign Relations  |  Fulbright  |  Graduate Student Office  |  MIT Public Service Fellowships  |  MIT Scholarships and Fellowships  |  The National Academies  |  NSEP Boren Fellowships  |  Social Science Research Council  |  Student Financial Services  |  Women In Defense


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.