News@E40 | 2021

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November 16, 2021

Seven students receive Human Rights and Technology Program fellowships

The Center is thrilled to announce that seven students, including one two-person team, are being awarded Human Rights & Technology Fellowships in the program’s fourth year.  These graduate students will be exploring human rights issues that are either aided or exploited through the use of technology.

Ben Schneider


October 22, 2021

Ben Schneider is among MIT's 2021-23 Committed to Caring honorees

Daniel KorsunOffice of Graduate Education

Through a process driven by graduate student involvement, from the submission of nomination letters to the selection of honorees, the Committed to Caring (C2C) program at MIT recognizes faculty members that go above and beyond in their mentorship of graduate students. In light of their exceptional efforts, 15 MIT faculty members have been recognized by the C2C program for the 2021-23 cycle, joining the ranks of 60 previous C2C honorees.

Mariya Grinberg


October 19, 2021

Solving puzzles of international trade, war, and order

Leda ZimmermanDepartment of Political Science

As a specialist in security studies, Mariya Grinberg’s broad interests “gravitate towards issues of time horizons.” This means, for instance, how long-term planning by states affects their short-term decision-making, and how the anticipated duration of events impacts the way states respond to them. But within this large and sometimes abstract space, Grinberg conducts research on problems situated in discrete domains central to security studies: international order, state decline, and wartime trade.

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September 27, 2021

Call for proposals for fellowship program in human rights and technology

In its fourth 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 25 by 5 PM.

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September 27, 2021

An archive of CIS public forums on 9/11 held the day after the attacks through today

CIS scholars discuss 9/11: This playlist includes several public forums held a day, a week, and a year after the September 11, 2001, events and features our scholars discussing the terrorist attacks.

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September 20, 2021

CIS welcomes incoming fellows

The Center for International Studies welcomes new visiting fellows each academic year, hosting a variety of scholars, researchers, journalists, military and other esteemed colleagues.  

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July 14, 2021

2020 + 2021 Infinite Mile Award celebration

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) hosted a virtual event to celebrate MIT SHASS staff who received the Infinite Mile Award. The Center’s former system administrator Faith Basaga along with MISTI program directors Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar and Alicia Goldstein Raun were among the recipients. Others represented fields across the School, including: the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Global and J-PAL North America); Economics; Global Languages; Literature; Music and Theater Arts.



June 3, 2021

Congratulations 2021 Political Science graduates!

The Center would like to extend congratulations to the 2021 Department of Political Science graduates. Among the students who graduated were five PhD students in the Security Studies Program. We celebrate your perseverance and courage and look forward to staying in touch.

Natalie Montoya


May 20, 2021

Undergraduate student receives Carnegie's James C Gaither Junior Fellowship

Natalie Montoya studies nuclear science and engineering with a concentration in security and policy at MIT. The fellowship was of interest to her because of its focus on nuclear policy. "I plan to eventually go to grad school, so I reached out to alumni, current graduate students, and advisors, and the universal piece of advice I received was to go out and get work experience before entering into a graduate program in a policy field."

Grace Moore


May 5, 2021

MISTI alumnus Grace Moore ’21 receives prestigious scholarship to Sciences Po

Samuel Leiter


April 27, 2021

Samuel Leiter wins foreign policy essay contest

Samuel Leiter, a student in the Security Studies Program, won the 2021 Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest sponsored by The John Quincy Adams Society and The National Interest. This year’s contest offered students a choice of three prompts, all of them either being ripped from the headlines or related to relevant U.S. foreign policy issues.

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April 1, 2021

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. Apekshya Prasai was awarded the second 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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March 15, 2021

Khashoggi fellowships for MIT students

The Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship at CIS is offered in partnership with Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) and is open to all MIT students. Nine Khashoggi Fellows will be selected to evaluate industrial countries and their impact on democracy within the Arab world. MIT undergraduates and graduates are invited to apply for this volunteer research opportunity. Submit a cover letter and CV to John Tirman. Visit the web site for more details.

Claude Grunitsky


February 26, 2021

Claude Grunitzky launches TRUE Africa University at MIT with a webinar series

The weekly webinars, co-sponsored by CIS, creatively explore sustainable development in Africa with luminaries such as Taiye Selasi, the Ghanaian-Nigerian author; Jeffrey Sachs, the American economist; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Nigerian serial entrepreneur behind some of Africa’s most valuable startups. Visit the Center's MIT X TAU website to learn more or visit the March 4 launch event page here