Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship 2017 – 2018
Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship 2017-18

Deadline: October 1, 2016

The Woodrow Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. 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 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. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.


  • 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.


  • Open to 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.)
  • 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.

Application Process

Applicants may submit their applications online.

A complete application must include the following:

  • 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 application guidelines or visit Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship.