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Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship in USA 2022

Wilson Center in the USA is inviting scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to participate in Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship for the 2022/23 academic session.

The Wilson Center welcomes scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to partake in its top international Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opening to take part actively in the Center’s national mission. The Center awards approximately 15-20 residential fellowships each year. Fellows will be associated with one or more of the Wilson Center programs/projects and are aided to relate with policymakers in Washington, D.C., with Wilson Center personnel, and other fellows who are working on similar research and subjects.

Fellows carry out research and write in their fields of interest while relating with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other fellows in residence.  The Center takes policy-focused, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that tackle key issues facing the United States and the world.

Worth of Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship

The Center awards a stipend of $90,000 for a nine-month fellowship program. Fellows are accountable for their own health insurance and travel costs.

Eligibility for Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship

  • Nationals or permanent residents from any nation (candidates from nations outside the United States have to possess a valid passport and be able to acquire a J-1 visa even if they are presently in the United States) (Read more information on visas.)
  • Men and women with exceptional capabilities and experience from a broad range of backgrounds (like academia, government, business, law, journalism, and other professions)
  • Academic candidates with a PhD or J.D. (degree should be obtained by the application closing date of October 1)
  • Academic applicants displaying scholarly accomplishments by publications beyond their doctoral dissertations
  • Professionals or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional accomplishment
  • English proficiency as the Center is structured to inspire the exchange of ideas among its fellows


  • Candidates working on a degree (even if the degree will be obtained before the proposed fellowship year)
  • Proposals of a prejudiced or advocacy nature
  • Primary research in the natural sciences
  • Projects that produce musical piece or dance
  • Projects in the visual arts
  • Projects that are the rewriting of doctoral dissertations
  • The editing of papers, texts, or documents
  • The production of textbooks, translations, anthologies, and memoirs

How to Apply for Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship

Candidates looking to apply for the Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship program may submit their applications online here. A finished application should include the following:

  • the Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship Application Form;
  • an updated CV (not more than three pages); The Center will only review the first three pages; please list your publications independently.
  • a list of your publications that comprises exact titles, details of publishers, dates of publication and status of impending publications (not more than three pages);
  • a Project Proposal (not more than five single-spaced typed pages, 12-point type); The Center retains the right to omit from evaluation applications that are more than the requested page length;
  • a bibliography for the project that comprises primary sources and applicable secondary sources (not more than three pages);
  • the Financial Information Form;
  • Two letters of reference.

All application materials should be presented in English.


You do not require an institutional connection to apply. For most academic applicants, a book or monograph is needed. Scholars and practitioners who in the past held research awards or fellowships at the Wilson Center are not excluded from applying for a fellowship program. However, the nature and recency of the past award may be among the factors put into consideration during the selection procedure, and by the Fellowship Committee of the Board of Trustees.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility or the fittingness of your project, please send an email to the Scholars and Academic Relations Office at fellowships@wilsoncenter.org.

Application Deadline

Applications close on October 5, 2021

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