Fellowships + Grants

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

CIS Fellowships:

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship Program
CIS participates in a fellowship program funded and 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 Iraq in May 2003. Fellowship recipients are offered research opportunities at the Center as well as professional opportunities at The Boston Globe and at The New York Times. The fellowship supports women journalists who report on human rights and social justice.
Current Neuffer Fellow
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Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program
Open to all full-time MIT undergraduate and graduate students, the program aims to generate new research and understanding of how human rights are enhanced by the use of technology, or, conversely, how human rights are threatened by certain uses of technology.  The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities.  The Center will award $2000 to each Fellow to pursue their project.
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Security Studies Program
The MIT Security Studies Program currently has three programs for visiting fellows, the Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellows program; the Nuclear Security Fellows program; and the National Security Fellows program. 
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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. 

At present, MIT has banned international travel. For those students proposing such travel, if awarded a grant, CIS staff will work with them to ensure that travel can be undertaken safely and efficiently, following MIT guidance.  Travel under the grant can be delayed indefinitely and in accordance with MIT rules.

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 |  NSEP Boren Fellowships |  Comparative Media Studies  |  Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods  | Fulbright  |  Graduate Student Office  |  MIT Scholarships and Fellowships  | The National Academies  | Social Science Research Council  |  Student Financial Services  |  Blakemore Foundation 


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.