What would you do with two years to write about anything in the world?

The Institute of Current World Affairs is accepting letters of interest for independent writing fellowships abroad.

We will appoint two fellows for 2024-2026:

1. The inaugural Peter Bird Martin Fellowship, open to any topic and region

2. A health care fellowship examining delivery systems and societies in multiple countries

Letters of interest are due by May 31, 2023.

The final selection will be made in November 2023.

The fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs advances American understanding of international cultures and affairs by sending outstanding young professionals abroad on two-year independent writing fellowships to study countries, regions and globally important issues. Our alumni have become some of this country’s leading journalists, scholars, diplomats, activists and businesspeople. ICWA nurtures the kind of deep understanding future generations will need to ensure America’s role in the world is informed by wisdom, foresight and compassion.

A prestigious ICWA fellowship provides recipients with the rare gift of time and freedom to explore countries, regions and topics, building their expertise at formative times in their lives, and sharing their self-directed research through monthly dispatches and institute events.


Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.

Although the institute does not set minimum educational standards, applicants must have excellent written and spoken English-language skills and have completed the current phase of their formal education. We do not accept applications from currently enrolled undergraduate students.

We expect candidates to have the necessary language skills enabling them to carry out their proposed project in their country of choice.

US citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong ties to US society.

For more information and to apply, click here