Get up to $90,000 for Postdoctoral Candidates in the Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship Program 2021-2022

Be part of 20 fellows from diverse backgrounds in this 9-month residential fellowship set to take place in Washington, D.C centered on uniting the world of ideas to the world of policy. 

Open to scholars, practitioners, journalists, and intellectuals, the Woodrow Wilson Center will grant selected fellows a $90,000 stipend and an invitation to conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while closely working with policymakers and other scholars.  

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020


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Successful candidates will be offered 

  • A stipend of $90,000 
  • An invitation to work on highly innovative research with other scholars, policymakers and the Woodrow Wilson staff in residence
  • Access to a furnished office 
  • Access to digital resources and other research facilities
  • A personal computer
  • A part-time research assistant intern
  • Assistance from the Center to facilitate the accommodation seeking process
  • Affiliation with regional or topical programs working on issues that complement their projects.


The fellowship is open to English-proficient candidates from any country that:

  • Are at the postdoctoral level and have published a book or monograph


  • Are practitioners or policymakers with a comparable professional degree

Requirements and Conditions of Award

  • Applicants from outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they currently reside in the United States. 
  • Fellows are required to be in residence for the duration of the fellowship(early September through May).
  • No institutional affiliation is required to apply. 
  • Applicants who have been recipients of prior research awards or fellowships at the Wilson Center can apply for this edition.  
  • The following proposals are not acceptable:
    • 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
  • Fellows are required to be fully dedicated to the fellowship and may not hold or accept another teaching engagement that requires prolonged absence from the Center during the tenure of their fellowship. 
  • Fellows will give a Work-in-Progress presentation, internal meeting. 
  • All Fellows are required to share their expertise with the Washington policy community in ways they can. 
  • The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. 
  • Fellows are to secure their own accommodation 
  • Fellows are to take care of their medical insurance and travel expenses.

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Application Instructions

All entries must be submitted in English. To apply, 

  • Submit the following documents with your Fellowship Application Form:
    • An updated cv (max. 3 pages)
    • An outline of your publications (max. 3 pages)
    • A Project Proposal (max. 5 single-spaced pages, using 12-point type)(Click here for a guide on how to write the proposal) 
    • A bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (Max. 3 pages)
    • 2 reference letters, (from referees familiar with you and your work) to be submitted directly to the Center by the referees
    • Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit your application here

About the Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship Program 2021-2022

The Woodrow Wilson International Center was established by Congress in 1968 as the national memorial to President Wilson to memorialize his ideals. The Center advocates his views on the need to fill the gap between the world of ideas and public policy.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship Program is focused on reconciling the world of ideas to the world of policy by promoting pre-eminent scholarship and connecting that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington.

The Center grants up to 15-20 residential fellowships annually.

The Center will grant preference to proposals addressing these areas:

  • Great Powers Game On: Competition and Cooperation
  • World Disorder: Challenges to Democratic Values and the Rule of Law
  • Brave New Digital World: Governance, Commerce, and Security
  • Emerging Polar Landscapes: Security and Commerce in a Changing Environment.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications with relevant documentation must be submitted by October 1, 2020. 

Applicants will be notified of selection results by March 2021.

All applications will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee of the Board of Trustees on the basis of:

  • Significance, importance, and originality of the proposed research 
  • The relevance of the project to modern policy issues
  • The relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center
  • Quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope
  • Capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project
  • 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

Applications that fulfill the criteria are further evaluated in a multi-stage review process consisting of internal evaluations by Wilson Center experts and external evaluations by specialists with relevant expertise.

Nature and recency of the previous awards held by applicants are also considered.

The fellowship will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center, located in Washington, D.C.

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