Woodrow Wilson Center International Fellowship Program 2018-2019

Woodrow Wilson Center International Fellowship Program 2018-2019

Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Through an international fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Center offers a 9-month residential fellowship and the Center awards approximately 15-20 residential fellowships each year. 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. In addition to its residential program, the Center conducts research through its programs, organizes conferences and seminars, and disseminates the content of its work and fellows’ research through its website and email marketing.


  • 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.


  • Citizens or permanent residents from any country are eligible. 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 are eligible.
  • Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. (Ph.D. must be received by the application deadline of October 1) are eligible.
  • Academic candidates demonstrating scholarly achievement by publications beyond their doctoral dissertations are eligible.
  • Practitioners or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional achievement are eligible.
  • Applicants should have English proficiency as the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its fellows.

Fellows’ Responsibilities

  • Fellows are “scholars in residence.”
  • Fellows are expected to be present at the Center and work from their assigned work space on most business days and to participate in appropriate meetings organized by the Center.
  • Fellows are also expected to present their research at internal Work-in-Progress seminars, and to attend the Work-in-Progress presentations given by their colleagues.
  • In addition, fellows are encouraged to offer a presentation of their work publicly, where possible, and/or participate in other Center programming.
  • The Center expects all fellows to seek ways to share their expertise with the Washington policy community. The form of such interaction could range from a deep background briefing for an executive branch agency to an informal roundtable discussion with members of Congress and their staffs.

Application Process

  • Applicants may submit their applications online.
  • A complete application must include the following:
    • The Fellowship Application Form;
    • A current CV (Optional; 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 Financial Information Form.
    • Two letters of reference.
  • All application materials must be submitted in English.

For more information, please see the FAQ or visit the Wilson Center.