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Who We Are

The Center for International Studies (CIS) aims to support and promote international research and education at MIT. Whenever possible, we capitalize on MIT's great strengths in science and engineering, examining the international aspects of these fields as they relate to both policy and practice, and focusing on those issues where science and engineering intersect most closely with foreign affairs.

CIS includes 160 members of the MIT faculty and staff, mainly drawn from the departments of political science and urban studies, and visiting scholars from around the world. We sponsor formal programs, multidisciplinary working groups and numerous public events. While CIS does not offer teaching programs, the Center's faculty and staff engage with students as colleagues in research, audiences in public events, and enthusiastic participants in the MISTI international internship program. We also assist MIT students in obtaining external funds for international activities through the CIS fellowship database.

CIS is one of several academic research centers founded in the aftermath of World War II. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in May 2002 with a symposium on past and future challenges. (The symposium video is available here, as are PDF files of six wall panels depicting highlights of the Center's first 50 years.) In Spring 2009, the video “Mind, Hand, World” was created, which provides a brief overview of the Center.

Our annual budget is roughly $5.5 million a year. Over the past three years, our income has come from the following sources: US foundations (30 percent); endowment income (23 percent); corporations (17 percent); course fees (10 percent); internal MIT support (10 percent); other sources (10 percent). In recent years, the CIS's endowment funds have grown rapidly and now total roughly $35 million.

The CIS Report to the MIT President 2011
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2010
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2009
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2008
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2007
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2006
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2005
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2004
The CIS Report to the MIT President 2003

Director — Professor Richard Samuels
Executive Director — Dr. John Tirman
Associate Director — Professor Stephen Van Evera

MIT Center for International Studies
1 Amherst Street, Building E40-400
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.253.8093 phone
617.253.9330 fax


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