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

2022: A Year in Review with MIT South Asia

Program Offerings


A one-of-a kind, world-class experience to gain real-life work experience in Nepal 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: Race, Gender, Resistance
  • 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.

Early Deadline - December 1

Rolling Deadline - February 1

How to Apply

Our summer internship and research opportunities in Nepal are listed on Handshake. Go to our employer page here.

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

Travel Fellowships for Research Students

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

Early Deadline December 1 for IAP/Spring/Summer


How to Apply

Faculty-Led Workshops

MIT-South Asia 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-South Asia 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

Contact Us

Scenic picture of Nepal mountains covered snow and a gravel path

Any questions related to the MIT-Nepal program, please email mit-southasia [at]