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2017-2018 Visiting Scholar Application

Apply here to be a 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar in the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program. The application requires submission of the online form below, a CV or resume, one writing sample, and two reference letters. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

The MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) is seeking Visiting Scholars to spend one academic year at MIT and UTM documenting sustainable development efforts in Malaysian cities. Faculty at colleges and universities in the developing world (G-77 countries) who teach in a field related to urban planning or urban development are encouraged to apply. Participants extend their own research agendas by contributing to ongoing research initiated by MSCP partners, focusing on Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Pahang and Georgetown. Visiting Scholars create video-based teaching materials, intended for global distribution, and a publishable research paper during their appointments. Videos and papers created by previous Visiting Scholars can be found at

Areas of inquiry include: socially and environmentally sustainable infrastructure development;
governance and strategies for public engagement; indicators for measuring sustainability;
historic preservation and urban design; coastal and marine resource management; resilience of environmentally-protected areas; eco-tourism; affordable housing; public transportation; and high-tech job creation.


Applicants should have graduate-level teaching experience in a field related to urban planning and development at a college or university in the developing world. No prior experience creating video-based teaching materials is required. Excellent English writing and speaking skills, however, are essential. For those who will be on leave or sabbatical from a paid teaching position, university endorsement is a prerequisite.


Appointments are for one academic year (September 2017 – May 2018). Residency begins August 25, 2017 at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and continues in the spring semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through May 31, 2018. Ten Visiting Scholars will be appointed and eligible to receive salaries, travel allowances, and living stipends. Appointments will be announced on or before May 31, 2017.

Visiting Scholars will be subject to all of UTM’s and MIT’s standard policies and procedures, including those related to intellectual property


A downloadable application is avalaible here, but we prefer digital submissions through the form above.