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CIS Fellowship Database
The CIS Fellowship Database is a joint project sponsored by MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the MIT Department of Political Science and MIT's Center for International Studies. To facilitate the 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

Lloyd and Nadine Rodwin International Travel Fellowship
This travel award is given to both U.S. and international students registered in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Three (possibly four) travel fellowships of up to $1,000 each are awarded to assist students "pursuing research or writing theses while at MIT with special preference, where feasible, for students from poor countries or regions.”

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports full-time graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. .

Fifty fellowships of approximately $20,000 each will be awarded in 2007 with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( These fellowships provide support for nine to twelve months of dissertation research. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council ( in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (

The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is both located in a specific discipline and geographical region and engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.

Carroll Wilson Award
The Carroll L. Wilson Award is a grant for up to $5,000* awarded to graduate students, in any MIT department, who wish to pursue exciting and challenging research opportunities abroad. These awards are regularly given to IDG students,

The aim of the Wilson awards is to provide opportunities for MIT graduate students to explore a program of research and/or study of an important societal problem with international dimensions.

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is a unique international program that focuses on the study of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and conservation in the Islamic world. Established in 1979 and supported by an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan, AKPIA offers interested students a concentration in Islamic architecture and urbanism as part of the two-year Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) degree or the Ph.D. Program in the History, Theory and Criticism (HTC) section. The program prepares students for careers in research, design, and teaching. Topics covered in its curriculum include critical study of the history and historiography of architecture in the Islamic and non-Western world; the interaction between architecture, society, and culture; strategies and policies of urban and architectural preservation; and environmental and material sensitive landscape and design research programs. Every year, the program supports one PhD student in the HTC group and 3-4 SMArchS students in the AKPIA/SMArchS stream. The program also sponsors various outreach activities: a lecture series that hosts on average 8 speakers per year, a travel grant program that funds the research of 4-5 students chosen from the School of Architecture and Planning (SAP), and a post-doctoral program that invites 2-4 scholars for various periods of residency. AKPIA also regularly organizes conferences on Islamic architecture and urbanism at MIT and pursues collaborative projects with institutions around the world. Visit the program at


The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy regularly issues requests for proposals (RFPs) in a variety of topics and welcomes submissions that meet the guidelines. The RFPs are posted over the course of each year; the previous year’s RFPs are listed here for guidance.

RFP: Program on the People's Republic of China International Fellowship
The Lincoln China Program annually sponsors a small number of fellows researching land markets, urban planning, local public finance, land taxation, and urban development in China.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: September 15, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Final Paper: August 31, 2009

RFP: Land Policy and Urban Development in Latin America
RFP: Politicas de Suelo y Desarrollo Urbano en America Latina
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: August 25, 2008


Universal Periodic Review
MIT Anthropology and the indigenous rights organization, Cultural Survival, have begun participation in Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a new United Nations mechanism for monitoring human rights ( Students at Harvard and MIT, working with Cultural Survival staff, prepare assessments of indigenous rights in selected countries coming up for review, to be submitted for sessions in Geneva. Currently sponsored at MIT through the UROP Program, the new effort will seek academic credit and funds for travel to Geneva. Cultural Survival’s long-running intern program welcomes students for a variety of projects (