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.
At one station stop in Hunan on the way from Guizhou Province to the coast after the 1998 Spring Festival, my companions opened the window just long enough for me to take this picture of people trying to push their way into the train’s doorway. As soon as those in the back of this crowd saw our opened window, they rushed toward us. We were able to close it just before the crowd closed in.
“In order to form my own opinions on the role and prospects of China’s migrant labor, I decided the best place was not in books, newspaper articles and interviews with government officials, but rather on a hard-fought-for bench shared with migrant laborers.” [read newsletter]
—Daniel B. Wright
ICWA Fellow (1997-1999)