Funders and Partners

MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing combines an innovative academic agenda with collaborative research at the frontier of media change. CMS/W is committed to shaping new media uses and practices for a range of purposes – from entertainment, education, and creative expression to civic engagement and community empowerment.

Sponsors, donors, and research partners from around the world make it possible for us to pursue this far-reaching mission.

Individual Donors

Individual supporters are essential to the CMS/W mission, enabling us to continue attracting the best students worldwide and maintain an independent research agenda that is shaping the future of media.

What your support can accomplish:

  • Gifts of any size to our Media Futures Fund enable CMS/W to continue pursuing cutting-edge research and associated education for which there may be no available funding from government sources or private foundations.

    Supporting an independent research agenda driven by the ahead-of-the-curve vision of CMS/W students and scholars makes it possible for CMS/W to continue shaping the future of media.

  • A gift $10,000 – $100,000 helps CMS/W leverage support from private foundations and government grant programs that do not cover the full costs of sponsored projects.

    Particularly in the area of digital humanities and experimental documentary, institutional funding sources rarely cover the full costs of innovative projects. In order to continue developing transformative tools and practices for education, civic engagement, and documentary storytelling, CMS/W depends on the generosity of individual donors to leverage and supplement support from institutional sources.

  • A gift of $50,000 will fund a research assistantship for a CMS/W graduate student, including tuition support and living expenses for the academic year. A gift of $70,000 provides an independent fellowship for a CMS/W graduate student for one year, allowing him or her to pursue his or her own research agenda while at MIT.

    By fully supporting its graduate students through research assistantships and fellowships, CMS/W can continue attracting the best students – a fundamental element of its impact on future media practices and possibilities.

  • A gift of $350,000 will equip a new teaching lab supporting CMS’s games development curriculum and provide technical staffing for one year, enabling MIT to retain its leadership role in a field with increasing relevance to all forms of media.

At their discretion, donors who support CMS/W may receive full recognition in the form of named research assistantships and fellowships plus acknowledgement in all publications and outreach materials associated with supported projects.

For up-to-date information on funding needs and opportunities, contact us.

Foundation, Corporate, and Public Support

Major support from private foundations, industry sponsors, and the public sector has been a cornerstone of CMS/W’s success over its history.

Foundations

  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Fledgling Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gaiman Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Florence Gould Foundation
  • Max Kade Foundation
  • Foundazione Bruno Kessler
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation

Corporations

  • A2G Publicis Modem
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Avea Labs
  • Cisco Systems
  • Emergence BioEnergy
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Marriott Corporation
  • Microsoft Studios
  • Mobivia Group
  • Motorola
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nokia
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefonica

Public Agencies

  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche
  • Città di Venezia
  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Italian Consulate
  • Italian Trade Commission
  • Maryland Public Television
  • Massport
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Research Foundation of Singapore
  • National Science Foundation
  • Provincia di Brescia
  • Provincia di Firenze
  • Radiotelevisione Italiana
  • Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
  • Trentino Sviluppo
  • UNICEF

CMS has also received generous support from MIT through the Institute’s Alumni Class Funds, d’Arbeloff Fund, Teaching & Learning Fund, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), and the MIT Energy Initiative.

Research Partners

CMS/W regularly partners with other universities, professional organizations, and independent research and development groups. Current and past collaborators include:

  • Austrian Institute of Technology, Annatorius Group
  • CNR-IVALSA
  • Fundação Vanzolini
  • Harvard College Writing Program and Academic Technology Group
  • Hypothes.is
  • International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA)-DocLab
  • Learning Games Network
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Biomedical Informatics Core
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Sundance Film Institute
  • Pontificia Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul
  • TERC
  • TIS Innovation Park
  • Venice Gateway for Science and Technology

In addition to these external research partners, CMS/W also collaborates with other MIT departments and labs to conduct its interdisciplinary research. Partners at MIT include:

  • Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST)
  • Community Innovators Lab (Co-Lab)
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL)
  • Departments of Anthropology, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, and Literature
  • Media Lab: Center for Future Storytelling
  • Office of Educational Innovation and Technology
  • Program in Arts, Technology, and Culture
  • Scheller Teacher Education Program