Wilson Center Fellowships, Washington D.C.

Deadline: 1 October every year
Open to: Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. who are citizens and permanent residents from any country
Fellowship: the award approximates an individual’s current level of income, travel allowance, 75% of health insurance premiums


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship International Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission. The Center awards approximately 20-22 residential fellowships each year.

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows will be affiliated with one or more of the Wilson Center programs/projects/offices, they will conduct research and write in their areas of interest 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.


  • 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)
  • 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


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.


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

Applicants may submit their applications online here or by mail. If submitted by mail, a complete application must include the following:

  1. the two-page, single-sided Fellowship Application Form;
  2. a current CV
  3. a list of your publications that includes exact titles, names of publishers, dates of publication and status of forthcoming publications
  4. a Project Proposal (you can obtain more details at the official website)
  5. a bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources
  6. the one-page Financial Information Form (available here)

As well, two letters of reference must be submitted online by October 9 or postmarked by October 1. If you are submitting online, please ensure that you submit the correct email address for your referees. It is your responsibility to ensure that references letters are recieved. Applications missing reference letters will be considered incomplete.

The address for submitting the application:

Scholars and Academic Relations Office
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

For any questions contact fellowships@wilsoncenter.org.

For more details please visit the official website

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