Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.
Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire U.S. academic year (early September through May). Occasionally, fellowships are awarded for shorter periods, with a minimum of four months. Fellowships may not be deferred.
Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March of the following year.
Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)
- Citizens or permanent residents from any country (foreign nationals must be able to hold a valid passport and obtain a J1 Visa).
- Women and men with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, business, government, journalism, law, and other professions).
- Academic candidates must be at the post-doctoral level and have published a book or monograph beyond the Ph.D. dissertation.
- Practitioners or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional achievement.
- English proficiency as the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its fellows.
- Applicants working on a degree (even if the degree is to be awarded prior to the proposed fellowship year).
- Proposals of a partisan or advocacy nature.
- Primary research in the natural sciences.
- Projects that create musical composition or dance.
- Projects in the visual arts.
- Projects that are the rewriting of doctoral dissertations.
- The editing of texts, papers, or documents.
- The preparation of textbooks, anthologies, translations, and memoirs.
The Wilson Center will also give priority to proposals in these topic areas:
- Geo-Strategic Competition: the U.S.-China-Russia Triangle.
- Playing the Great Game: the Digital Edition.
- The Future of the New “Global Arctic”.
- Rule of Law.
The Center offers a stipend of $90,000 for a nine-month fellowship. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance and travel expenses.
How to Apply
First Step: Prepare the following to complete the application:
- The Fellowship Application Form.
- A current CV (not to exceed three pages).
- The Center will only accept the first three pages; please list your publications separately.
- A list of your publications that includes exact titles, names of publishers, dates of publication and status of forthcoming publications (not to exceed three pages).A Project Proposal (not to exceed five single-spaced typed pages, using 12-point type); The Center reserves the right to omit from review applications that are longer than the requested page length.
A bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (not to exceed three pages);
Two letters of reference.
Second Step: submit your applications online here.
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