ICWA Fellowship Program
ICWA wants to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. We achieve that by supporting fellows for two-year immersive programs of self-designed, independent study abroad.
Whom we’re looking for
We are looking for promise, curiosity, and enthusiasm in our candidates, and consider whether a candidate is ready for the rapid personal growth the fellowship makes possible. Extensive professional experience in the proposed area is not always necessary; fellowships are aimed at developing advanced knowledge and professional skills, not necessarily awarding research or reporting opportunities to those who already possess them. Strong candidates generally propose compelling fellowship topics.
- Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
- U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong and credible ties to U.S. society.
- Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English-language skills and must have completed the current phase of their formal education. (We do not accept applications from currently enrolled undergraduate students.)
- We expect candidates to have the necessary language skills to allow to them to carry out their proposed projects. That means enough language proficiency for candidates to be able to function in the local language within a few months of arriving in country.
About your project
A proposed fellowship must hold the promise of enriching public life in the United States by enhancing the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and trends. Public service, social activism or contribution to wider understanding in the United States is our ultimate purpose, from a belief that the public can benefit from the knowledge and wisdom our fellows acquire.
Given our interest in achieving wide geographic distribution over time, we generally are less inclined to select projects in countries where we currently or very recently have had fellows. We are naturally drawn to areas of the world and topics that are less well understood and are relevant to the United States.
- Fellowships are not scholarships. We do not support degree programs at universities, the writing of books or research projects aimed at answering specific questions in a particular academic discipline.
- While we expect candidates to design projects of topical interest, fellowships are not aimed at covering news events. We do not send fellows into war zones, or places where intense security concerns prevent them from interacting with the local populace.
- ICWA weighs all proposals with no restrictions on topics or regions. However, 2019 applicants are especially encouraged to propose examining any of the following topics:
- Threats to peace and security
- Rights and lives of marginalized people and societies
- Environment, climate change, sustainability and conservation
- Culture and society (literature, art, film, etc.)
- Post-conflict societies
- The effects of technology and innovation on society
- Youth and activism
- And the following regions and countries:
- South America (especially Venezuela and Brazil)
- Eurasia (especially Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia)
- Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea)
Those interested in applying for an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship should send an initial Letter of Interest and a resume or CV in English to the institute via email. (Post is also accepted.)
In your letter of interest, tell us what you would do if you had a two-year, self-designed fellowship overseas and why you’re the right person to carry it out. There is no fixed length for the letter of interest. Please indicate your age, as applicants must be under the age of 36 at the time that the letter of interest is due.
The strongest applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application.
Selected fellows are expected to depart for their fellowships within six months of their selection.
Applications for December 2020 appointments are due June 15, 2020.
We are unable to respond to all applications, but will certainly answer those that fit our fellowship requirements.
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