Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowships

Multiple Locations
Term: Academic Year

Provide support for self-designed independent projects abroad for at least two years

Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) Fellowships nurture deep expertise in foreign cultures by supporting fellows engaged in self-designed independent study abroad for at least two years. ICWA aims for geographic distribution of fellowships over time, but is typically most interested in areas of the world and topics that are less well understood and have strategic or other importance to the U.S.—these include the Arab Middle East, Southeast Asia, among other regions, countries, and topics.

A proposed fellowship must hold the promise of enriching public life in the U.S. by enhancing understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and trends. Fellows write monthly newsletters for distribution among ICWA members and other interested parties, including family, friends, and professional associates of the fellows.

ICWA provides full financial support for its fellows during the course of the fellowship experience, allowing them to live in good health and reasonable comfort and to fulfill the purposes of the fellowship.

Candidates must be under 36 years of age when their initial letters of interest are due, and they must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. U.S. citizenship is not required, but candidates must show strong and credible ties to the U.S. Candidates should have strong communication skills in English, and should also have the necessary language skills to carry out their projects overseas, from the outset—proficiency is ordinarily expected.

Fact Sheet

Columbia Alumna/us, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Multiple Locations
Multiple Regions
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 15, 2020