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US Fellowships: $90,000 stipends, interns for journalists

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Washington, 04.08.2020, 16:13 Uhr
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Washington [ENA] Journalists, scholars and public officials worldwide with an interest in shaping the future through public policy can apply for fellowships in the United States that include US$90,000 stipends and part-time research assistants. Submission deadline is 01 October. Organizers in Washington prioritize topics like the Great Powers Game, World Disorder Challenges, Brave New Digital World and Emerging Polar Landscapes.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is now accepting applications for its nine-month residential fellowship program in Washington. Fellows will conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while also interacting with policymakers. The center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. Public policy is the broad area of government laws, regulations, court decisions, and local ordinances, and the best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.

The Wilson Center competes approximately 15-20 nine-month residential fellowships as part of its flagship international Fellowship Program in one round of competitive selection per year. All application materials must be submitted in English. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process in March of the following year. Each Fellow is assigned a furnished office in the heart of Washington DC and offered a part-time research assistant intern. Wilson assists in the housing search process for successful candidates that, however, are responsible for locating their own housing in the Washington, D.C. area. Fellows are also responsible for their own health insurance and travel expenses.

The Wilson Center says it aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington. Congress established the Center in 1968 as the official, national memorial to President Wilson. The Center advises that submitted projects should involve fresh research in terms of both the overall field and the author’s previous work and that it is essential for projects to have relevance to public policy. Concerning the length of appointments 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.

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