Keen interest and involvement in international affairs, diversity, and commitment to our fellowship and educational programs are the key objectives sought by the Institute of Current World Affairs in members. Candidates must be nominated for membership by a current Institute member.
We encourage members to attend events and annual meetings, and to participate in a sustained conversation on global issues and international affairs with the broader ICWA family. We expect members to care about, become involved in and support our activities, the core of which is the fellowship program. The fellowships provide unique opportunities to young internationalists to acquire deep knowledge of foreign countries and cultures. Members only receive the monthly newsletters produced by our fellows around the world. Members are encouraged to recommend promising fellowship candidates, to suggest areas of interest for future fellowship topics, and also to communicate directly with fellows in the field. At the same time, members must respect the educational character of our program and understand that newsletters are not intended for general publication during the time of a fellowship. We welcome our members’ financial contributions, which have provided critical support for the fellowships over the years. To learn more about our program, please visit our website at www.icwa.org
Members will be assessed a $40 annual fee to help defray the cost of managing membership programs.
Members should write in support of candidates whom they believe will be active and contributing members of the ICWA family.
Letters nominating a candidate for consideration by the Membership Committee should be no more than 100 words in length. Please address the following criteria, which is central to the committee’s consideration of membership candidates:
Applicants will hear from the Membership Committee, generally within one month.
Trying out loungers at Beijing’s IKEA, 2004
“At first glance, this group may not look so impressive with its collective rear end sinking into the cushions. However, according to political scientists as well as some of my own (middle class) Chinese friends, these are the people who will quite likely determine the future of the country’s political system, and thus, the direction of China as a whole. The basic idea here is that an increasingly wealthy middle class focused on safeguarding its property will be more likely than any other force to push for democratic and legal reforms; you need a bourgeois class before you can have a bourgeois ‘revolution’.” [read newsletter]
ICWA Fellow (2003-2005)