CIS welcomes incoming fellows

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.  

CIS is excited to welcome in-person fellows on campus again this  semester.  The Center hosts a variety of fellowships to support and  promote international research and  education at MIT.
September 20, 2021

The Center for International Studies (CIS) is excited to welcome a new class of fellows to MIT this year.  A generous gift from Robert E Wilhelm supports an annual fellowship for an individual who has held senior positions in public life.  Diplomat and policymaker Steven Simon joins CIS as its 2021 Wilhelm Fellow.  Simon, who held senior positions in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, will use his time at MIT to reflect on US foreign policy, including the war on terror, Middle East relations, and the end of imperialism. 

More about the Wilhelm Fellowship | Past Wilhelm Fellows

The Center also supports the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, which is 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 May 2003 while covering the war in Iraq. The fellowship supports women journalists who report on human rights and social justice issues, and combines research opportunities at CIS and other Boston-area universities with opportunities at The New York Times and the Boston Globe.  Human rights journalist Ada Petriczko joins CIS as the 2021 Neuffer fellow.  She will research topics from her recent reportage, including the rise of Hindu nationalism in India and the stability of democracy in her home country of Poland. 

More about the Neuffer Fellowship | Past Neuffer Fellows

The Security Studies Program (SSP) currently has three programs for visiting fellows: Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellows ProgramNuclear Security Fellows Program, and National Security Fellows Program.

The International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Security Studies Program at MIT invites applications for a two-year pre- or post-doctoral fellowship in Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft. The program is supported by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation and is open to applicants from political science, history, and other relevant disciplines. It is intended to support research addressing fundamental issues of US grand strategy, foreign policy, and America’s role in the world and we are especially interested in projects that are likely to broaden the contemporary debate on these topics.  The 2021 fellows are So Jin Lee and Robert Ralston.  

With the support of the Stanton Foundation, the Security Studies Program hosts the Nuclear Security Fellows Program for junior faculty as well as pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The Nuclear Security Fellows Program seeks to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security by supporting research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the subject.  The 2021 fellows are Doreen Horschig and David Logan.

The MIT Security Studies Program began hosting in the 1990s US military officers earning war college credit as visiting fellows. Each academic year SSP welcomes one serving member of the United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and two serving members of the Army to participate in classes, and offer their unique expertise to our students.  The 2021 fellows are Chuck Anklam, Pete Atkinson, Mark Hamilton, Gerry Mauer, and Christopher Thoendel.  

More about SSP Fellowships

In 2019 the Lemann Foundation and the MIT-Brazil Program, in cooperation with CIS, established the Lemann Visiting Fellows of Practice Program.  The Program is a non-degree opportunity in which Brazilian professionals who are outstanding senior practitioners in their fields will pursue a period of reflection, and engagement with MIT scholars and students for either three months or six months. The main objective(s) of the applicants to this Fellowship program should be to promote creative learning in Brazilian schools, and/or encourage effective implementation of reforms to improve Brazil’s education and social policies.  The 2021 fellows are Patricia Cezario Silva, Felipe Ribeiro, Francisco Gaetani, Marden de Melo Barboza, and Marcelo Knobel.  

More about MIT-Brazil Lemann Fellowship | 2021 Lemann Fellow Bios


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