The MIT-Africa Program empowers MIT students and faculty to advance knowledge and solve the world’s great challenges by connecting them with leading researchers, companies, and other partners in African countries. Our approach to collaboration is grounded in delivering bi-directional value: contributing to the research, education, and innovation of Africa-based organizations while providing opportunities for MIT students to gain fluency in navigating different cultural contexts.
Current Program Opportunities
MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.
MIT-Africa’s mandate is inherently continental in scope. Countries where the program is currently most active include South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Global Teaching Labs
Learn through teaching. GTL challenges MIT students to synthesize and present what they know, work in a team, and communicate with peers of a different cultural background, all while sharing MIT's unique approach to science and engineering education with high school students around the world. GTLs are often thematic and offered in several country options per IAP.
GTLs are often thematic. Generally, there are several country options per IAP.
MIT-Africa Seed Fund
The MIT-Africa Seed Fund supports innovative projects that will help to lay the foundations for new research and education initiatives between MIT and African collaborators. This fund is offered annually by the Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities in association with the MIT-Africa Distinguished Visitors Program.
The 2022 application cycle is now closed. The 2023 application will open in September of 2023. The application portal may be accessed here.
Study Abroad at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s top universities and the largest contact university in South Africa. It produces socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues.
The MIT community may access the MIT-Africa Program Pre-Departure Training, an online course available on MITx.
Peter Williams, Mechanical Engineering '22, describes his experience as a research intern with the Structured Light Laboratory at Wits University in Johannesburg.
Past annual reports for MIT-Africa.
Selected Media Mentions and Nods
Meet Your Program Manager
Get in touch with Ari Jacobovits, Managing Director for MIT-Africa, to get your questions answered.