CIS Summer Study Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

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, John Tirman, at least one month before the deadline.

Q: What class do I register for in order to have registered resident student status?
A: Please check with your home department’s graduate administrator.

Q: What are my chances of receiving the award?
A: Typically we receive approximately 30 applications and are able to give approximately 15-17 awards each year. 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.

Q: Are taxes taken out of the award?
A: 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. See this url for details.

Q: How will I receive the award money?
A: Summer study grants are paid in three installments at the end of June, July and August. You will receive the funds the same way you receive your monthly RA stipend or graduate fellowship stipend. If you will not be on campus, and do not have direct deposit set up, you should contact the Payroll Department to arrange so. Payment cannot be made if a student has not registered for the summer.

Q: When will the competition results be announced?
A: Applicants will be notified of the competition results by the middle of April.

Q: How many times can I apply for/receive the award?
A: There is no limit to how many times students can apply for the award. However, normally, candidates will receive no more than two of these awards in their MIT graduate student career.

Q: Can I see sample proposals?
A: Yes. Sample proposals will be available in early February. Please e-mail Amalia Teglas at that time if you wish to see a sample.

Q: Can I accept the CIS Summer Study Grant in addition to another summer award?
A: 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 Fellowship, 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.

Q: How do I fill out the cover sheet which is in PDF form?
A: The PDF is a fillable form.

Q: I can’t fit everything on the one cover page. Can I go onto a second page?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I insert graphs/figures into the proposal in excess of the six page limit?
A: If necessary graphs/figures may extend onto a seventh page.

Q: Who should I contact if I have any questions as to whether my project would qualify as “international affairs”?
A: Please e-mail CIS Executive Director John Tirman at least one month before the deadline.