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The Woodrow Wilson Center International Fellowship Program in Washington 2020

Fellowship applications must be postmarked or submitted online by October 1. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March of the following year.

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. 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.  


  • 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).  (Read more information on visas.)  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 PhD 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

Conditions of Award

  • Fellows must devote full time to the fellowship study and may not accept a teaching assignment, another residential fellowship, or undertake any other major activities that require an extended absence from the Center during the tenure of their fellowship.

  • Fellows are required to give a Work-in-Progress presentation, internal meeting where fellows can speak about their work, share ideas, and receive feedback from their peers, 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.

Facilities and Services

Each Fellow is assigned a furnished office available to him or her every day, including evenings and weekends. The Center is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and includes conference rooms, a reference library, and a dining room. The building is a smoke-free environment. The Wilson Center Library provides loan privileges with the Library of Congress and access to digital resources, its book and journal collections, and to university and special libraries in the area, and other research facilities. Windows-based personal computers are provided. Additionally, each Fellow is offered a part-time research assistant intern. Although Fellows are responsible for locating their own housing in the Washington, D.C. area, the Center provides written materials to help facilitate the search process.


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

The Application

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.



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