Graduate Funding Information Service

May 13, 2022

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022

  • For researchers under 36 years of age
  • With a proposal for a two-year project outside of the U.S.
  • Researchers from any nationality welcome, but must be able to show connection to U.S.
  • Award amount varies

The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) wants to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. They achieve that by supporting fellows for two-year immersive programs of self-designed, independent study abroad.

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.

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.

This is a writing fellowship. Fellows are required to produce monthly dispatches made available on our website and email to institute supporters and other interested parties, including family, friends and professional associates of the fellows. Fellows work closely with the executive director, who serves as writing coach, editor and mentor.

While many fellows go on to pursue political or social causes at home and abroad, the purpose of a fellowship is to learn about other societies, not to change them. Fellows are not permitted to engage in overtly political activities during their fellowships. The institute does not accept any government funds. Fellows must preserve that independence in letter and in spirit.

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