Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowships

Supports independent (non-degree) study abroad for up to two years in any country.

The Institute of Current World Affairs supports independent (non-degree) study abroad for up to two years in any country. Three different fellowships are currently offered:

John O. Crane Memorial Fellowship

For people who are interested in the study of East-Central Europe or the Middle East. The Fellow will spend two years at a site of her/his choice, exploring an appropriate topic of his or her own design.

John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships

For people with graduate degrees in forestry or forest-related specialties to broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest-resource problems to humans, including policy-makers, environmentalists, peasants, scientists and forest-product industrialists.

Donors Fellowship

The generous support received from contributors enables ICWA to appoint a Donors’ Fellow every two years. Topics and areas of study are unrestricted.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020


Fellows are required to write monthly newsletters made available through our website to institute members and other interested parties, including family, friends and professional associates of the fellows. While the institute has funded and will continue to fund artists, performers and others who find various ways to participate in the societies they study, the immediate fruits of fellows’ learning are communicated principally through writing. Fellows should be prepared to share their experience with a general, well-educated audience, and not only with specialists in their fields. Fellows work closely with the executive director, who serves as writing coach, editor and mentor.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is limited to applicants up to the age of 36 who have good command of English and have "completed the current phase of their formal education" before the date of application. Application is open regardless of citizenship, except where specified otherwise. Applicants are also expected to be proficient in the native language of the country which they propose to live in.

Fellowships are not awarded for the pursuit of academic degrees, research projects, or to write books.

Application Process

Those interested in applying for an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship should send an initial Letter of Interest and a resume or CV to the institute via email ( (Post is also accepted.)

In your letter of interest, tell us what you would do if you had a two-year, self-designed fellowship overseas and why you’re the right person to carry it out. There is no fixed length for the letter of interest. Take the space that you need to make a cogent case for yourself. Please indicate your age, as applicants must be under the age of 36 at the time that the letter of interest is due.

Selected fellows are expected to depart for their fellowships within six months of their selection.

This is a competitive process. The strongest applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application.