MIT Center for International Studies


Summer Study Grants

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. Grants will not exceed $3,500. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 14. More information about the CIS Summer Study Grant is available here.

Fall 2015 Newsletter

The latest issue of précis—the Center's bi-annual newsletter—is now available. The main features include: an interview with MIT associate professor of political science Chap Lawson about the Center's International Policy Lab; an excerpt from The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes by MIT alumna Caitlin Talmadge; and an essay, The Pioneering Role of CIS in American War Gaming, by Reid Pauly, a PhD student in political science.

Useful Guide to Using Japanese Government Archives

Mayumi Fukushima, a PhD student in the MIT Department of Political Science's Security Studies Program, has published a very useful guide to using Japanese government archives on the widely used H-Diplo. "As a former Japanese Foreign Service officer, I did not imagine how hard it would be for outside researchers to identify and find archival documents relevant to their research questions. It was not until I searched the Japanese diplomatic archives myself as an academic that I learned the challenges foreign researchers faced in accessing governmental documents," says Fukushima. Full Publication

Upcoming Events

February 17, 2016

Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

February 24, 2016

The American Experience of Nation-Building in South Vietnam

February 24, 2016

Intersections of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Science



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