CIS Summer Study Fellowship

Funded by the MIT-Japan International Studies Fund

Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered.

Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. Fellowships will not exceed $3,500.

The main criteria for determining which proposals will be funded are: 
(1) the importance of the research question and the quality of the research proposal, and (2) the strength of the letter of support.

Normally, candidates will receive no more than two awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Study Awardees

Proposals should include *ONE CONTINUOUS* PDF file with the following items collated in the order listed below:

  • A clear statement of the research problem, how it will be addressed, the methodology to be employed, and its overall relationship to the student’s doctoral thesis (maximum 6 pages, double-spaced);
  • A current cv; and

One letter of support:

  • One letter of support to be sent directly to Amalia Teglas

The application deadline is MONDAY, March 23rd, 2020 by 5:00pm EST. Applicants are responsible for the timely arrival of all materials, including letters of support. Materials should be emailed to Amalia Teglas


Applicants will be notified of the competition results by mid-April.

Additional information:

  • Every applicant MUST HAVE REGISTERED RESIDENT student status over the summer in order to receive a CIS summer award. For further information, see the MIT Graduate Policies and Procedures page. (If a student is registered only for the thesis, it is likely that no tuition will be charged.) It is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain MIT, and any departmental, requirements, including tuition and fees, and to comply with them. Failure to do so may entail loss of summer support.
  • Summer study fellowship is paid by direct deposit in three installments at the end of June, July and August. You should contact the Payroll Department to arrange for your check to be paid directly into your checking account. Payment cannot be made if a student has not registered for the summer.
  • Although applicants must have “registered resident” STATUS, they do not have to actually live in Boston over the summer.
  • While tax is not taken out of your award up front you are required to claim the fellowship as income when you file your taxes.
  • All grantees must abide by MIT travel restrictions and the economic and trade sanctions enforced by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • All other things equal, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received CIS summer support. Consideration is also given to the applicant’s track record in acquiring external support, or at least in energetically pursuing it.
  • Students may not request (or receive, if a CIS Summer Study Fellowship is awarded) support for living expenses during a period when they are receiving stipend support from other sources. If an award is received from other sources after notification of a CIS Summer Study Grant, students must contact CIS and withdraw their request. If the CIS Summer Study Fellowship request included support for non-stipend expenses, such as travel, these expenses may still be covered, but students must check first with Amalia Teglas, the CIS Fellowship Coordinator.
  • The CIS Summer Study Fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral students in international affairs, regardless of home department. If you have any questions as to whether your project would qualify as "international affairs," feel free to consult with the CIS Executive Director at least one month before the deadline.
  • In 2019, 18 summer study grants were awarded.
  • The awards do not carry any reporting requirements.