The CIS is home to several innovative Asia-focused programs including the MIT-Asia Programs, which administers MISTI internships across the region. We offer seed funds to MIT faculty for research collaborations with partnering organizations in Asia. 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 Asia

    MISTI Asia

    Students at MIT can experience the diversity and ingenuity of the region by taking part in our fully funded 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

    Global Seed Funds

    Global Seed Funds support faculty-led innovative projects that will help lay the foundations for new research and education initiatives between MIT and Asia.

  • Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

    Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics

    South Asia's economic and strategic relevance has grown significantly and offers enormous intellectual and scholarly interest. The seminar, co-sponsored by MIT, Brown University, and Harvard University, explores the region with leading experts.

  • Chinese Politics Research Workshop

    Chinese Politics Research Workshop

    The Chinese Politics Research Workshop is a forum for sharing and receiving feedback on China-related research; discussing challenges associated with doing research in and on China; building a stronger academic community; and stimulating additional activities between participants of the research workshop.

  • M3 Asia

    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 Asia 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.