Apply for the Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Program (Fully-Funded)!

Apply for the Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Program (Fully-Funded)!

Deadline: October 1, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in 9-month residential international fellowship program.

The primary aim of the fellowship program is to bridge the gap between the world of ideas and public policy, bringing them into creative contact, enriching the work of both, and enabling each to learn from the other. While in residence, Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the Wilson Center programs/projects/offices and are encouraged to interact with policy makers in Washington, D.C. as well as with Wilson Center staff and other scholars who are working on similar research and topics.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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).
  • 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


  • 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

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.

Application process

  • Applicants may submit their applications online or by mail.
  • If submitted by mail, a complete application must include the following;
    • the two-page, single-sided Fellowship Application Form; (we strongly recommend typing the 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);
    • the one-page Financial Information Form.

For more information, visit Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.