International Fellowship Program 2020/2021 in Washington, DC, USA

The International Fellowship Program 2020/2021 in Washington, DC, USA is now open for the applications. The Woodrow Wilson International Center offers 9-month residential fellowships in the USA. 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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Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships in the USA. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. 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 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.


International Fellowship Program 2020/2021 Details:

Host Country:

  • United States of America

Host Organisation:

  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center

Fellowship Duration:

  • 9 Months

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No. of Fellowships:

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

What are the residency requirements?

  • Each fellow is assigned an office available around the clock. Fellows must devote full time to the fellowship and may not accept a teaching assignment, another residential fellowship, or undertake any other major activities that require absence from the Center during the tenure of their fellowship. Fellows must devote a proportionate amount of time to the daily life of the Center. Absences of more than one week should be discussed with the Scholars and Academic Relations Office Director


The Center offers a stipend of $90,000 for a nine-month International Fellowship Program 2020. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance and travel expenses. 


  • Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance
  • You will need enough personal funds to cover travel for you and any family members who accompany you to Washington. The Center does not pay for short-term research trips a fellow may wish to take during his/her tenure.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.
  • Women and men with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, business, government, journalism, law, and other professions)
  • 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


  • 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

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How to Apply for an International fellowship in the USA?

A complete application must include the following:

  1. the Fellowship Application Form;
  2. a current CV (not to exceed three pages); The Center will only accept the first three pages; please list your publications separately.
  3. 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);
  4. 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;
  5. a bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (not to exceed three pages);
  6. two letters of reference.

All application materials must be submitted in English.

Application Checklist:

The application:

  1. the Fellowship Application Form
  2. a current cv (not to exceed three pages)
  3. a list of your publications (not to exceed three pages)
  4. a Project Proposal (not to exceed five single-spaced pages, using 12-point type)
  5. a bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (not to exceed three pages)
  6. two reference letters, to be submitted directly to the Center by the referees

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 specialists with relevant expertise.  Final decisions about all grant awards are contingent on the approval of the Center’s Fellowship Committee of the Board of Trustees and subject to available funding.

The basic criteria for selection are:

a) significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;

b) the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues; try to convince the reader that there is some urgency or importance in your work that can resolve a larger problem.

c) the relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center;

d) quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope; describe what the reviewers will learn from your project, why it is important, and how the reviewer will know your conclusions are valid. A clear hypothesis or step-by-step argument of a central problem helps capture the essence of your work for the reviewer. Also describe your methodology, i.e. how and why your approach is the best way to deal with such a problem. Since each field has different methodologies that the reviewer may not know, tell the reader what archives, sources, and techniques you plan to employ.

e) capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project; not only should your proposal demonstrate how you have the technical know-how and ability to reach some conclusion, but that the conclusion is not preconceived. The proposal should convince the reviewer that there is something genuinely at stake with your inquiry and that your project will yield interesting results.

f) 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; remember that one of the Center’s main goals is to help inform policy makers to make well-informed decisions.

Deadline for Applications:

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship competition must be submitted online by 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 1, 2019.


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