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 11, 2016

Starr Forum: Paris Climate Talks: Now What?

February 17, 2016

Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

February 24, 2016

The American Experience of Nation-Building in South Vietnam



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