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All prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for outside fellowship support. It is recommended that serious applicants begin their search for outside funding at the same time their application to MIT/DUSP is filed, as many fellowship deadlines fall at the same time as, or even before, DUSP application deadlines. Outside fellowships are often "transportable", i.e., not limited to MIT students, so that students can use them at other universities. Please see the Student Opportunities page of this web site to learn more about research funding. Additional information may be obtained from MIT Student Financial Services.

The number of fellowships for Master’s students is variable every year, but usually ranges between two and four in IDG. For one incoming IDG doctoral candidate, the Department awards a full fellowship (tuition and stipend each year for a period of three years), with work obligations. The admissions committee considers all doctoral applicants to the IDG group for this fellowship. Because only one IDG doctoral fellowship is available, applicants are strongly urged to apply for outside funding.

To facilitate the student search for financial aid, IDG helps to maintain an updated list of external fellowship opportunities for the study of international issues. The Fellowship Database is available at the following website