Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international 9-month residential fellowships in the USA..
The fellowship is aimed at uniting 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.
The Project Proposal
It is essential to make your project clear to individuals outside your own field and to explain its broader implications. The following elements should be addressed in the proposal:

  • a detailed description of the topic and its importance;
  • the originality of the proposed study (explain what makes the project distinctive);
  • the basic ideas and hypotheses;
  • the methodology to be used (including the activities you will undertake to gather the data you need for your project and the techniques that you will use to analyze the data in order to prove your thesis);
  • the present status of your research, including how much has already been done in relevant collections and archives, and what you would hope to accomplish at the Center;
  • the materials that will be used, the importance of Washington-area resources, and the need for residency at the Center;
  • the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues; and

the relevance of the project to the programmatic goals of the Center
Worth of Award

  • 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 Center awards approximately 15-20 residential fellowships each year. 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.
  • 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 (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 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


  • 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

How to Apply
Applicants may submit their applications online (See link below)
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)
  • 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.

All application materials must be submitted in English. Applications submitted via fax machine will not be considered.
Selection Process
Applications that satisfy the eligibility requirements are subsequently subjected to a multi-stage review process involving both internal evaluations by Wilson Center experts and external evaluations by a panel of specialists with relevant expertise.
Final decisions about all grant awards are contingent on the approval of the Center’s Board of Trustees and subject to available funding.
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.

Deadline: Fellowship applications must be postmarked or submitted online by October 1, 2015.
Click here for more information and to apply.

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