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Grant deadlines near for CIS programs

Applications for three programs that fund foreign studies are now being accepted by MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS).

The Program in Transnational Security Issues, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, is sponsoring a predoctoral summer internship/fellowship competition for this summer. Students may be funded for research at the pre-proposal (feasibility) or dissertation stages.

The program focuses on personal and group security and transnational society, which connotes that either the source of the perceived or actual threat is abroad, or that the solution to the threats would involve transnational networks or organizations. Proposals may, for example, deal with such issues as the effect of economic globalization, proliferation, refugee flows, cross-border ethnic conflict, international efforts at conflict resolution, etc.

Students with relevant research interests from any discipline are encouraged to apply for stipends up to $6,000. In addition, fellowships for the academic year 1999-2000 will offer full tuition and a stipend. The application deadline for both programs is Feb. 3, 1999.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides graduate international fellowships for area and language study in any world area except Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, open to master's and doctoral-level students in graduate programs in any discipline with an international focus.

Fellowships may be held for up to 24 months and provide both overseas and domestic training in language and area studies. A service requirement accompanies these awards. Overseas awards are for up to $10,000 per semester for a maximum of two semesters. For more information, contact the CIS (see below) or see the NSEP web site. The CIS application deadline is December 8, 1998; the national deadline is Jan. 15, 1999.

International Energy and Environmental Policy research grants of up to $25,000 are available for MIT faculty, researchers and advanced doctoral students working with faculty on relevant projects. Proposals will be considered in any aspect of international energy or environmental policy, including research on developing countries as well as advanced industrial countries. Proposals will be considered for research seed funding, publications, and attending workshops and conferences.

This grant program is supported by the CIS Japan Energy Endowment. The application deadline is Feb. 4, 1999.

Application deadlines are also approaching for other international-studies grant programs administered by the Luce Foundation (November 30), the Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies (December 2) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (January 4, 1999).

For more information and application details on these programs, contact Dr. William Keller, CIS director, Rm E38-652, x3-9861,, or Laurie Scheffler, Rm E38-651, x3-3121,

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 25, 1998.

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