Woodrow Wilson Residential Fellowship for International Researchers 2018/2019

The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship International Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission. 

Application Deadline: 2nd October 2017

Eligible Countries: International

To Be Taken At (Country): USA

About the Award: 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.

Type: Career Fellowship

Eligibility: 

  • Citizens or permanent residents from any country (applicants from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they are currently in the United States)
  • Men and women with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, business, government, journalism, and other professions)
  • Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. (Ph.D. must be received by the application deadline of October 2)
  • Academic candidates demonstrating scholarly achievement by publications beyond their doctoral dissertations
  • 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

Selection Criteria: The basic criteria for selection are:

  • significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
  • the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues;
  • the relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center;
  • quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope;
  • capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project;
  • potential of a candidate to actively contribute to the life, priorities and mission of the Center by making expert research accessible to a broader audience.

The Center welcomes in particular those projects that transcend narrow specialties and methodological issues of interest only within a specific academic discipline. Projects should involve fresh research-—in terms of both the overall field and the author’s previous work. It is essential that projects have relevance to public policy, and fellows should want, and be prepared, to interact with policymakers in Washington and with Wilson Center staff and other scholars who are working on similar issues.

Number of Awards: 15-20

Value of Award: 

  • Each fellow is assigned a furnished office around the clock.
  • The Center is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and includes conference rooms, a reference library, and a dining room.
  • The Wilson Center Library provides loan privileges with the Library of Congress and access to digital resources, its book and journal collections, and to university and special libraries in the area, and other research facilities.
  • Windows-based personal computers are provided, and each fellow is offered a part-time research assistant.
  • Although fellows are responsible for locating their own housing in the Washington, D.C. area, the Center provides written materials to help facilitate the search process.
  • The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient’s other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual’s current level of income.
  • Awards will also include round trip travel for fellows.
  • If spouses and/or dependent children will reside with the fellow for the entire fellowship period, money for their travel will also be included.
  • In addition to stipends and travel allowances, the Center provides 75 percent of health insurance premiums for fellows who elect Center coverage and for their accompanying family members.

Duration of Program: 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.

How to Apply: Applicants may submit their applications online here

A complete application must include the following:

  1. the Fellowship Application Form;
  2. a current CV (Optional; not to exceed three pages); The Center will only accept the first three pages; please list your publications separately.
  3. 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);
  4. 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;
  5. a bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (not to exceed three pages);
  6. the Financial Information Form.
  7. Two letters of reference

All application materials must be submitted in English.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Woodrow Wilson Centre

Important Notes: Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March of the following year.

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