Contributing to India’s existing and emerging needs, we provide MIT students and faculty an opportunity to be at the forefront of India’s research, technology, and innovation activities. By conducting research and participating in internships and workshops at India’s world-class companies, universities, research centers, startups and NGOs, MIT-India cultivates opportunities to learn through impact.

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Program Offerings


A one-of-a kind, world-class experience to gain real-life work experience in India in leading companies, universities, research centers and start-ups in environmental sciences & energy; research institute & public health; software development and solutions; urban planning & architecture; socioeconomic development and change

  • GPA 4.0 or higher
  • No language requirement

Undergraduate prerequisites:

One class on South Asian politics, culture, history, or business. A full list of acceptable academic courses is below:

  • 17.53 - The Rise of Asia
  • 1.813J/11.466/15.657/IDS.437J - Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development
  • 2.651/EC.711 - Introduction to Energy in Global Development
  • 2.75J/2.750J/6.025J/6.525J/HST.552J - Medical Device Design
  • 2.76/2.760 - Global Engineering
  • 3.008 - Humanistic Co-design of Assistive Technology in the Developing World
  • 4.002/15.001/16.652/STS.100 - The Future: Global Challenges and Questions
  • 4.236J/11.463J - Structuring Low-Income Housing Projects in Developing Countries
  • 4.622/4.623 - Islamic Gardens and Geographies
  • 6.884 - Telemedicine and Telehealth for Enhancing Global Health
  • 11.005 - Introduction to International Development
  • 11.140/11.480 - Urbanization and Development
  • 11.167/14.47/15.219/17.399 - Global Energy: Politics, Markets, and Policy
  • 11.474 - D-Lab: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 11.491/17.176J - Economic Development and Policy Analysis
  • 11.493 - Property and Land Use Law for Planners
  • 11.S940 - Development, Planning, and Implementation: The Dialectic of Theory and Practice
  • 11.S945 - Emerging Patterns in Urban India
  • 12.348/15.026 - Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy
  • 14.73 - The Challenge of World Poverty
  • 14.74 - Foundations of Development Policy
  • 15.017 - Engineering, Economics and Regulation for Energy Access in Developing Countries
  • 15.218 - Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities
  • 15.225 - Economy and Business in Modern China and India
  • 15.227/15.229 - Seminar in International Management
  • 15.233 - Global Health Lab
  • 15.375/MAS.665 /EC.731J - Development Ventures
  • 15.779/15.78 - Technology, Design and Entrepreneurship: Operating in Emerging Communities
  • 17.524 - State, Society, and Political Behavior in Developing Countries
  • 17.581 - Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions
  • 21A.308 - Global Mental Health
  • 21A.329 - Practicum in Global Health and Development
  • 21A.410 - Environmental Struggles
  • 21A.801J/21A.839K/EC.702J/EC.792K/STS.071J/STS.481J - Cross Cultural Investigations: Technology & Development
  • 21G.011 - Topics in Indian Popular Culture
  • 21G.019 - Communicating Across Cultures
  • 21G.022J/21L.048J/WGS.141J - International Women's Voices
  • 21G.040 - A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society
  • 21H.009 - World History and Its Fault Lines Since 1800
  • 21H.157 - Modern South Asia
  • 21H.357 - South Asian Migrations 
  • 21H.358/21H.958 - Colonialism in South Asia and Africa
  • 21H.S04 MIT South Asian Oral History
  • 21L.020J/WGS.145J - Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between
  • 21M.291 - Music of India
  • 21W.788/CMS.334 - South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture, and History
  • EC.718/EC.798 - D-Lab: Gender and Development
  • EC.722 - D-Lab: Prosthetics for the Developing World
  • MAS.534J/HST.928J/MAS.S62 - Engineering Health: Understanding and Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics
  • SP257 - MISTI Career Connections: Energy
  • STS.023/WGS.226 - Science, Gender and Social Inequality in the Developing World
  • STS.025J - Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
  • WGS.101 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS.109 - Women and Global Activism in Media and Politics
  • WGS.221 - Women in the Developing World
  • WGS.226J/STS.023 - Science, Caste and Gender in India

There are no prerequisites for graduate students.

December 1


How to Apply

Our summer internship and research opportunities are listed on Handshake. Search for "MIT India" or go to our employer page here.

Be sure to check back frequently as we update with more opportunities!

Travel Fellowships for Research Students

Students planning to conduct field research in South Asia in relation to their degree can apply for funding through the MIT-India Program.

  • Statement of interest
    • A statement of interest should include your areas of interest, a timeline for your research, travel plans, and other source(s) of funding.
  • For global classroom faculty led - per faculty requirements for the course
  • Funding N/S

December 1 for IAP/Spring/Summer


How to Apply

Faculty-Led Workshops

MIT-India can provide travel funding for faculty-led workshops and field trips in the area of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship - where students learn about the subject at MIT and in-country, working with peers on the ground. Funding is limited to 6 students and determined on a case-by-case basis. Please note that faculty funds are available to MIT faculty only.

Requirements depend on the course. Contact MIT-India for more details.

Areas of Research and Internships

Environmental Science and Energy

Environmental Science and Energy

Research and Public Health

Research Institutes and Public Health

Software Development and Solutions

Software Development and Solutions

Urban Planning and Architecture

Urban Planning and Architecture

Socioeconomic Development and Change

Socioeconomic Development and Change

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Internships and Research at MIT-India

MIT-India Global Seed Funds

MIT-India's Global Seed Funds program supports MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts in India.


Per the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Notification* of 4 March 2021, we advise all OCI card-holders seeking to conduct research in India to obtain the appropriate permission through the Indian Consulate and/or Indian Embassy. All foreign nationals seeking to conduct research in India, should ensure they have the appropriate visa and papers.

*please see p.2 of this document

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IIT Ropar India campus at night


The MIT – IIT Ropar Seed Fund supports early-stage international collaborations between MIT and the Indian Institute for Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar).

Meet Your Program Manager

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Get in touch with Nureen Das, Program Manager for MIT-India, to get your questions answered.