The Wilson Center China Fellowship, a 1-year non-residential fellowship (July 2022 to July 2023) focusing on China’s impact on Asia or the United States across a wide variety of issue areas. The Wilson Center invites American scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to apply. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, publish their research through the Wilson Center, and will have the opportunity to interact with policymakers and thought leaders in Washington. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that build understanding of China and its impact for Asia and/or the United States.
This fellowship is available to U.S. citizens only, although they may have residency anywhere around the world. Women and men with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, business, government, journalism, law, and other professions) are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have received a PhD or JD from an accredited university on or after January 1, 2009.
The Wilson Center will not accept:
- Applicants working on a PhD or JD degree (even if the degree is to be awarded prior to the proposed fellowship year) or who received a PhD or JD prior to January 1, 2009.
- Proposals of a partisan or advocacy nature.
- Primary research in the natural sciences.
- Projects that create musical composition or dance.
- Projects in the visual arts.
- Projects that are the rewriting of doctoral dissertations.
- The editing of texts, papers, or documents.
- The preparation of textbooks, anthologies, translations, and memoirs.
Notes on Eligibility
You do not need an institutional affiliation to apply. Scholars and practitioners who previously held research awards or fellowships at the Wilson Center are not precluded from applying for a fellowship. However, the nature and recency of the prior award may be among the factors considered during the selection process.
Applications that satisfy the eligibility requirements are subsequently subjected to a multi-stage review process involving both internal evaluations by Wilson Center experts and a Selection Board composed of experts from inside and outside the Wilson Center.
The basic criteria for selection are:
significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
- the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues; try to convince the reader that there is some urgency or importance in your work that can resolve a larger problem.
- the relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center;
- quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope; describe what the reviewers will learn from your project, why it is important, and how the reviewer will know your conclusions are valid. A clear hypothesis or step-by-step argument of a central problem helps capture the essence of your work for the reviewer. Also describe your methodology, i.e. how and why your approach is the best way to deal with such a problem. Since each field has different methodologies that the reviewer may not know, tell the reader what archives, sources, and techniques you plan to employ.
- capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project; not only should your proposal demonstrate how you have the technical know-how and ability to reach some conclusion, but that the conclusion is not preconceived. The proposal should convince the reviewer that there is something genuinely at stake with your inquiry and that your project will yield interesting results.
- potential of a candidate to actively contribute to the life, priorities, and mission of the Center by making expert research accessible to a broader audience; remember that one of the Center's main goals is to help inform policymakers to make well-informed decisions.
The Wilson Center has launched a series of cross-regional initiatives and will also give priority to proposals in these topic areas:
- Geo-Strategic Competition: the U.S.-China-Russia Triangle
- Playing the Great Game: the Digital Edition
- The Future of the New “Global Arctic”
- Rule of Law
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