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CIS Summer Study Grants
(funded by the MIT-Japan International Studies Fund)

Frequently Asked Questions

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 end of March.

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 2009. Please e-mail Casey Johnson 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 Grant 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 Grant, students must contact CIS and withdraw their request. If the CIS Summer Study Grant request included support for non-stipend expenses, such as travel, these expenses may still be covered, but students must check first with Casey Johnson, the CIS Fellowship Coordinator.

Q: I’m going to be out of town when the proposal is due, can I just e-mail my proposal?
A: No, please simply plan ahead and arrange to submit materials well ahead of the deadline. Alternatively, you can ask a colleague who is in town to print and submit your proposal materials.

Q: How do I fill out the cover sheet which is in PDF form?
A: Copy and paste the text onto a Word document, then fill out your information in Word.

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. 

 

 

 
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