Woodrow Wilson Residential Fellowships In Africa Program, USA 2017/2018

Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson Residential Fellowships In Africa Program, USA , and applications are submitted till October 1, 2016. Through an international competition, the Wilson Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence.  The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | USA

Level: Fellowships

Field(s): The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. Priority will be given to proposals which align with the programmatic work of the Center and can result in work that reaches a broad audience. Within this framework, the Wilson Center supports projects that intersect with contemporary policy issues and provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy debates.

Deadline: October 1, 2016.

Funded By: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Woodrow Wilson Paid Spring Internships is targeted for International students can apply for this internship (International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. 

Graduates who have an interest in Africa, preferably with some academic or experiential background in the continent).

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

No. of awards: Not Specified

Scholarship Tenure  Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire U.S. academic year (early September through May). Occasionally, fellowships are awarded for shorter periods, with a minimum of four months. Fellowships may not be deferred.

Value of Scholarship : The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient’s other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual’s current level of income.

Awards will also include round trip travel for fellows. If spouses and/or dependent children will reside with the fellow for the entire fellowship period, money for their travel will also be included. In addition to stipends and travel allowances, the Center provides 75 percent of health insurance premiums for fellows who elect Center coverage and for their accompanying family members.


Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Africa Program Staff in support of project activities for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

‣ Duties will include:

  • Assisting with the organization and implementation of Africa Program events
  • Assisting staff in managing and updating the Africa Program’s database and website
  • Writing event summaries to be posted on the Africa Program website
  • Researching current regional and functional issues
  • Compiling, filing and mailing information
  • Assisting with the preparation of publications
  • Translating key documents from French to English and English to French
  • Attending and reporting on Africa-related events in and around Washington
  • Other administrative assignments in support of Center activities
  • Additional specialized projects may be assigned, depending on the intern’s demonstrated interests and experience.
  • All interns at the Wilson Center are also encouraged to participate in our many panel discussions, conferences, and other meetings outside of their Africa Program responsibilities.
  • A variety of events are regularly available in regional studies and functional issues like conflict resolution, women in conflict, environmental issues, international security issues, Congress, foresight and governance.
  • All interns also receive access to the Wilson Center’s substantial research resources.


‣ The Woodrow Wilson Paid Spring Internships is seeking current graduate students or recent college graduates who have an interest in Africa, preferably with some academic or experiential background in the continent.

  • Citizens or permanent residents from any country (applicants from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they are currently in the United States) (Read more information on visas.)
  • Men and women with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, business, government, journalism, and other professions)
  • Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. (Ph.D. must be received by the application deadline of October 1)
  • Academic candidates demonstrating scholarly achievement by publications beyond their doctoral dissertationsPractitioners or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional achievementEnglish proficiency as the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its fellows


  • Applicants working on a degree (even if the degree is to be awarded prior to the proposed fellowship year)
  • Proposals of a partisan or advocacy nature
  • Primary research in the natural sciences
  • Projects that create musical composition or dance
  • Projects in the visual artsProjects that are the rewriting of doctoral dissertations
  • The editing of texts, papers, or documentsThe preparation of textbooks, anthologies, translations, and memoirs

Notes on Eligibility

  • You do not need an institutional affiliation to apply. For most academic candidates, a book or monograph is required. 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, and by the Fellowships Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • If you have questions regarding your eligibility or the suitability of your project, please e-mail the Scholars and Academic Relations Office at fellowships@wilsoncenter.org.Back to Top

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 external evaluations by a panel of specialists with relevant expertise.  Final decisions about all grant awards are contingent on the approval of the Center’s Board of Trustees and subject to available funding.

  • The basic criteria for selection are:
  • a) significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
  • b) the relevance of the project to contemporary policy issues;
  • c) the relevance of the project to the programmatic work of the Center;
  • d) quality of the proposal in definition, organization, clarity, and scope;
  • e) capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that the applicant will accomplish the proposed project;
  • f) 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.

  • The Center welcomes in particular those projects that transcend narrow specialties and methodological issues of interest only within a specific academic discipline. Projects should involve fresh research-—in terms of both the overall field and the author’s previous work. It is essential that projects have relevance to public policy, and fellows should want, and be prepared, to interact with policymakers in Washington and with Wilson Center staff and other scholars who are working on similar issues.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ The Application

Applicants may submit their applications online at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowshipapplication.

A complete application must include the following:

  1. the Fellowship Application Form;
  2. a current CV (Optional; not to exceed three pages); The Center will only accept the first three pages; please list your publications separately.
  3. a list of your publications that includes exact titles, names of publishers, dates of publication and status of forthcoming publications (not to exceed three pages);
  4. a Project Proposal (not to exceed five single-spaced typed pages, using 12-point type); The Center reserves the right to omit from review applications that are longer than the requested page length;
  5. a bibliography for the project that includes primary sources and relevant secondary sources (not to exceed three pages);
  6. the Financial Information Form.
  7. Two letters of reference

All application materials must be submitted in English.

‣ Internship Applications Due Date: The Center holds one round of competitive selection per year. Fellowship applications must be postmarked or submitted online by October 1. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March of the following year.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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