The CIS is home to several innovative Africa-focused programs including the MIT-Africa Program, which administers MISTI internships. The Empowering the Teachers Program provides a semester long teaching-focused experience for selected cohorts of faculty members from African universities. We offer seed funds to MIT faculty for research collaborations with partnering organizations in Africa. Events and webinars that address a range of issues in the region are offered throughout the academic year. Our faculty provide analysis and scholarship in their respective areas of expertise.

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  • MISTI Africa

    Students at MIT can experience the diversity and ingenuity of the African continent by taking part in our fully funded traveling classes, internships, research, and teaching opportunities with leading companies, universities, and other organizations. MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) is a global extension of the Institute's on-campus learning and cutting-edge research.

  • Global Seed Funds

    The MIT-Africa Global Seed Fund supports faculty-led innovative projects that will help to lay the foundations for new research and education initiatives between MIT and African collaborators.

  • MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program

    The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program provides an intense, semester long teaching-focused engagement for selected cohorts of faculty members (ETT Fellows) from African universities.

  • MIT X TAU Events

    An annual webinar and event series in partnership with True Africa University that focuses on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa.

  • M3 Africa

    M3 is an effort to strengthen ties with colleagues across the Institute who share research interests in a particular region or discipline. We invite you to join our mailing list here, if you'd like receive news and updates on research across Africa in all disciplines and research topics, but especially around global challenges such as climate and sustainability, health, AI and computing, democratic stability, inequality, and human development.