News@E40 | 2020

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November 13, 2020

Student deadlines for Boren and Carnegie fellowships

The Center has several upcoming student fellowship deadlines, including: The 2021 Boren Awards which include applications for fellowships due on January 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST, and applications for scholarships due February 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. Nominations for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace are due to the James C Gaither Junior Fellows Program by January 15th. CIS must receive the applications by December 15, 2020. For more details, click on the respective sponsors or visit our Fellowships and Grants page. 

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November 12, 2020

Eight students receive Human Rights and Technology Program fellowships

The Center is thrilled to announce that eight students, including one two-person team, are being awarded Human Rights & Technology Fellowships in the program’s third year.  Three undergraduates and five graduates will be exploring human rights issues that are either aided or exploited through the use of technology, including cryptotechnology, surveillance technology, social media, and internet censorship.


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October 19, 2020

MISTI global seed funds program supports global engagement

MISTI Global Seed Funds program enables participating teams to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim of developing and launching joint research projects.  The GSF application cycle is now open with a deadline of December 14, 2020.



September 24, 2020

Call for proposals for fellowship program in human rights and technology

In its third year, the fellowship program in human rights and technology invites proposals from both MIT undergraduate and graduate students. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 26 by 5 PM.

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September 16, 2020

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 16

Friday, October 16, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information

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September 11, 2020

The Center's bi-annual magazine is now available

précis, the Center's bi-annual magazine, features essays and the wide range of activities of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. The spring/summer 2020 edition is now available for download.

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August 27, 2020

Donald L M Blackmer, Professor of Political Science Emeritus at MIT, dead at 91

Donald L M Blackmer, Professor of Political Science Emeritus at MIT, died on August 14, 2020. He was an esteemed scholar and an extraordinary steward of institutions and people.

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August 27, 2020

In memory of Donald L M Blackmer, 1929-2020

Tributes to Donald L M Blackmer from his colleagues and students are featured here. The photo left is of Blackmer and Astrid Tuminez (PhD '96) in New Hampshire, September 2018.

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August 17, 2020

Lin-Greenberg receives leadership and best dissertation awards

Erik Lin-Greenberg joined SSP on July 1st and was recently named to the 2020 National Security and Foreign Policy LGBTQIA+ Out Leadership List and just received the American Political Science Association's 2020 Merze Tate Award for his dissertation.

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August 10, 2020

Patricia Gercik memorial fund established

A core group of Patricia Gercik's former students and friends has raised the initial seed funding required to establish and name a fund in Gercik's honor. Gifts to the Patricia Gercik Memorial Fund will provide supplemental stipends to students participating in the MIT-Japan program. Patricia Gercik (1944-2019), the visionary manager of the MIT Japan Program and of MISTI in its early years, passed away after a long illness at her home in Cambridge.

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July 27, 2020

Erik Lin-Greenberg joins MIT as assistant professor

Security Studies Program

The Center welcomes Erik Lin-Greenberg to MIT as assistant professor of political science and as the newest faculty member of the Security Studies Program. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force.

Yukio Okamoto


May 7, 2020

Distinguished fellow and friend, Yukio Okamoto, felled by Covid-19

Yukio Okamoto, a Japanese diplomat and fellow at MIT, died from Covid-19 on April 24 at the age of 74. The former special advisor to two prime ministers of Japan joined the Center for International Studies (CIS) in 2012 as a Robert E Wilhelm fellow and served as a distinguished research fellow at CIS until his death.  

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April 29, 2020

SHASS Infinite Mile Award recipients in CIS

CIS is pleased to announce Alicia Raun and Fatih Basaga are two recipients of the 2020 SHASS Infinite Mile Awards. Award recipients are recognized for making exceptional contributions to their academic units, the School, and the Institute.

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April 26, 2020

CIS awards 17 summer study grants

Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. Sara Plana was awarded the first annual Guillemin prize.  “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

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April 23, 2020

MIT challenge: Africa takes on Covid19

MIT is hosting a series of open challenges to take action on the COVID-19 crisis. The MIT COVID-19 Challenge virtual event, Africa Takes on COVID-19, will begin May 1 and end May 3. This is part of a series of virtual hackathons with partners from across the MIT (including the MIT Africa Program) and healthcare ecosystems. 

MISTI Coronavirus Updates


March 19, 2020

MISTI Covid-19 updates


In response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, MISTI will provide the most up-to-date information to our students abroad and those who intend to participate in programs abroad over the summer.


January 15, 2020

IPL completed 5th annual call for proposals

The Policy Lab works with MIT researchers who seek to build relationships with the policy community and engage with policymakers.  They concluded their fifth call for proposals and had a near record turnout with 40 proposals.  Final selections will be made by February 14, 2020.