ICWA Fellowship Program
About the Fellowship
We are looking for promise, curiosity and enthusiasm in candidates, and consider whether they are ready for the rapid personal growth the fellowship makes possible. Extensive professional experience in a proposed area is not always necessary; fellowships are aimed at developing local knowledge and writing skills, not necessarily awarding research or reporting opportunities to those who already possess them. Strong candidates 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.
- US citizenship is not a requirement but candidates must show strong and credible ties to US 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 them 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 advancing the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and trends. Public service, social activism or contribution to wider knowledge in the United States is our ultimate purpose, from a belief the public benefits from the wisdom and experience 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. Candidates are encouraged to browse ICWA’s archives to see the kind of projects that the institute has supported.
- 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 population.
- ICWA weighs all proposals with no restrictions on topics or regions. However, 2020 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)
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