MIT, Harvard Receive $3.7 Million for Joint Foreign Policy Program

MIT, Harvard Receive $3.7 Million for Joint Foreign Policy Program

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in partnership with Harvard University, has announced grants totaling $3.7 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish a joint program aimed at mentoring the next generation of foreign policy scholars.

The grants — $1.85 million each to MIT's Security Studies Program at the Center for International Studies and Harvard's Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs — will establish the joint Project on Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft and provide pre- and postdoctoral fellowships to young scholars from a variety of disciplines in the area of strategy and statecraft, with a focus on the United States and its role in the world. Fellows will each spend a year at MIT and a year at Harvard, where they will meet and consult with senior security scholars, visitors, and graduate students. MIT also will host visiting scholars from the policy community who can connect scholarship to statecraft, while a joint speaker series will further cement the cooperation between the two programs.

The Koch Foundation has made similar grants or awards to several schools, including Notre Dame University, Tufts University, and the University of California at San Diego.

"The country is in a critical period of self-reflection about its proper role in the world and how the U.S. can best meet its security needs going forward," said Koch Foundation vice president William Ruger. "We are excited to support Harvard and MIT's world-class vision for engaging the next generation of foreign policy scholars as they develop the research and ideas that will inform this discussion."

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