The Wilson Center International Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 1, 2013

The Wilson Center is now accepting applications from citizens and residents of any country for the 2014-15 Fellowship Competition. They invite scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship International 9-month residential Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission.

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.


  • 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.)
  • 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 1)
  • 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

You do not need an institutional affiliation to apply.


  • The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient’s other sources of income 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, the Center provides 75 percent of health insurance premiums for fellows who elect Center coverage and for their accompanying family members.

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.

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