The Woodrow Wilson International Center Flagship Fellowship Program for International Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Wide variety of disciplines
Course Level: Research
Provider: The Woodrow Wilson International Center
Country to Research In: USA

Scholarship Description
The Woodrow Wilson International Center announces fellowships for international students for research in the United States for the upcoming US academic year.

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.

The Center offers a number of 9-month residential fellowships through its annual international fellowship competition. 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.

To be eligible, the following apply:
  • 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). (Read more information on visas.) Please contact the Center if you have any questions about your eligibility to 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
You do not need an institutional affiliation to apply. For most academic candidates, a book or monograph is required. Scholars and practitioners who previously held research awards or fellowships at the Wilson Center are not precluded from applying for a fellowship. However, the nature and recency of the prior award may be among the factors considered during the selection process, and by the Fellowship Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Selection Criteria:
The basic criteria for selection are:
a) significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
b) the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues; try to convince the reader that there is some urgency or importance in your work that can resolve a larger problem.
c) the relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center;
d) quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope;
e) capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project;
f) 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;

Eligible groups
Citizens or permanent residents from any country

Participating Institutions
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Field of study
Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the Wilson Center programs/projects and are encouraged to interact with policy makers in Washington, D.C., with Wilson Center staff, and other scholars who are working on similar research and topics.

Number of awards
The Center awards approximately 15-20 residential fellowships each year

Sponsorship duration
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.

Scholarship benefits
The Center offers a stipend of $90,000 for a nine-month fellowship. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance and travel expenses.

Method of Application
A complete application must include the following:
  1. the Fellowship Application Form;
  2. a current CV (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. two letters of reference.
All application materials must be submitted in English.

Applicants may submit their applications online here.

It is important to visit the official scholarship webpage (link to it is below)

The Center holds one round of competitive selection per year. Fellowship applications must be postmarked or submitted online by October 1.

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

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established in 1968 by Congress, 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.

Application Deadline: 1 October 2019
Open for International Students: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in the USA for International Students

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