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Grant Opportunities: Applications Open for Wilson Center Fellowship Program

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Deadline: 3-Oct-22

The Wilson Center is pleased to invite scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program.

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. 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 and are encouraged to interact with policymakers in Washington, DC, with Wilson Center staff, and other scholars who are working on similar research and topics.

The Center aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting preeminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington. The Center distinguishes itself from policy institutions in its consideration of issues in a broader and more reflective manner beyond a narrow analysis of current crises and policy options. Applicants should think in terms of what they have to say to policymakers in Washington and how they can inform policy decisions through their work.

Funding Information
  • The Center offers a stipend of $90,000 for a nine month fellowship.
  • A sabbatical salary or other nonfederal funding can be used to supplement this stipend.
  • Fellows should have enough funds to cover up to the first month after they arrive.
  • Fellows receive their first stipend within 2-3 weeks of their arrival.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals with project proposals on global issues are invited to apply. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges. Academic applicants must have a doctorate or JD. For other applicants, an equivalent level of professional achievement is expected.
  • 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).
  •   Please contact the Center if you have any questions about your eligibility to obtain a J1 visa.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

For more information, visit https://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowship-application

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