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The Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) is a one-year program designed for mid-career professionals from developing countries. SPURS was founded in 1967 as part of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), which has a long-standing commitment to enabling qualified individuals to expand their expertise in the field of international development. The program is designed to allow individuals, often at a turning point in their professional careers, to spend a year at MIT broadening their perspectives and enhancing their policy-making and planning skills. SPURS Fellows have returned to their countries with new abilities for addressing complex national, regional and local development issues.

In its 38-year history, SPURS has hosted over 550 women and men from 90 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern and Central Europe. See the SPURS website for a directory of current and past fellows.