MIT Center for International Studies:
Student Training and Faculty Funding
The MIT Center for International Studies (web.mit.edu/cis/) conducts research and training on a broad range of global issues. Founded in 1951 and with an illustrious roster of scholars and practitioners as faculty and graduates, the Center has been a leader in describing and analyzing the challenges the United States faces in the fields of security studies, migration studies, international political economy, East Asia, and increasingly in the Middle East. Center scholars undertake research and training, mainly of graduate students, engage with the national policy community and the interested public, and with scholars, students, officials, journalists, and NGOs internationally.
The Center’s MIT Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), provides uniquely rewarding training to undergraduates and graduate students in a dozen countries, has developed a minor in applied international studies, and mounts many educational activities on campus presenting topics of culture, politics, social dynamics, and business on the dozen countries it now covers. Working closely with a network of premier corporations, universities and research institutes, MISTI matches over 400 MIT students (more than 80 percent of whom are from the School of Engineering and School of Science) with internships and research abroad each year. MISTI Global Seed Funds provide funding for faculty to jump-start international projects and encourage student involvement in faculty-led international research. Other Center funding opportunities for both faculty and students are available here (web.mit.edu/cis/fo_cisfg.html).
A summary of the Center’s activities is published at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and available online in the Center’s newsletter, précis. To receive our electronic newsletter, please subscribe online (web.mit.edu/cis/joel.html).