The Center welcomes new visiting fellows each academic year. A generous gift from Robert E. Wilhelm supports an annual fellowship for an individual who has held senior positions in public life. The Center also supports the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, which is organized by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). The Security Studies Program (SSP) hosts military fellows who rotate annually from the US armed services. The Stanton Foundation recently awarded SSP funds to support several new fellows each academic year on nuclear issues.
2016-2017 CIS Research Fellows
2016-2017 Wilhelm Fellows
About the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellowship
A generous gift from Robert E. Wilhelm supports an annual fellowship at MIT's Center for International Studies for an individual who has held senior positions in public life. The Wilhelm Fellowship is open, for example, to heads of non-profit agencies, senior officials at the State Department or other government agencies, including ambassadors, or senior officials from the UN or other multilateral agencies. Wilhelm Fellows come with an intellectual project to be accomplished at CIS and collaborate with MIT faculty members in research and/or teaching. They are provided with an office, administrative support and a stipend. To inquire about applying, contact CIS executive director John Tirman (email@example.com / 617-253-9861).
About Lourdes Melgar
Lourdes Melgar is in residence at CIS as the 2016-17 Robert E. Wilhelm fellow. Prior to arriving at MIT, she served as Mexico’s deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons from February 2014 until July 2016. She previously held the position of under-secretary for electricity, from December 2012. Between December 2012 and July 2016, she was a member of several boards of directors, including the board of directors of Petróleos Mexicanos, of the Mexican Petroleum Fund, of CENAGAS and until February 2014 of Comisión Federal de Electricidad.
(Fellowship Oct. 17 - Nov. 18)
About Mona Makram-Ebeid
Dr. Mona Makram-Ebeid, a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo since 1990, was a member of the Egyptian parliament from 2011-2012. An adviser to the military’s governing body, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Makram-Ebeid supported Gen. Ahmed Shafik for president.
2016-2017 Neuffer Fellow
About the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 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.
Neuffer Fellows design a program that combines academic research with practical experience covering human rights. They also play a key role in the Elizabeth Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and Journalism, a program held each May. For more information or to apply, contact the IWMF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jacey Fortin
Since launching her freelance career three years ago, Jacey Fortin has covered human rights, politics, economic development, and media freedom in the Horn of Africa. She has focused on conflict as well, reporting on the civil war in South Sudan, militancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and violent unrest in Ethiopia, where she is based. Her articles and photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Africa Report, Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, and others.
2016-2017 Security Studies Research Fellow
About Jayita Sarkar
Jayita Sarkar is a Research Fellow with the Security Studies Program at MIT's Center for International Studies. Her expertise is in international security, nuclear proliferation, foreign policy analysis, and South Asia. Dr. Sarkar is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research projects have been funded by the Stanton Foundation, Belfer Center's Project on Managing the Atom, Swiss National Science Foundation, Lyndon Johnson Foundation and Gerald Ford Foundation. Sarkar's writings have been published in peer-reviewed journals like Cold War History, International History Review, and Critique Internationale and policy-relevant outlets like The National Interest and Foreign Policy magazine among others. She holds a Ph.D. in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland.
(l-r) Zoë I. Levornik, Joseph O’Mahoney
back row (l-r): Robert Holmes, Shawn Creamer, Joe Vongs; front row (l-r): Daniel Coleman, Erick Gilbert