Alumni Archive

Alumni Archive

Since 1925, ICWA has sent 170+ critical thinkers abroad to develop new ways of perceiving, navigating and improving our highly globalized world.

During their two-year cultural immersion fellowships, ICWA fellows write monthly dispatches. Use the searchable database below to learn about our fellows and read their dispatches dating back to 1925.


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David Kenner

Saudi Arabia (2019 - 2021)

Economic Changes in Saudi Arabia

Emily Schultheis

Germany (2019 - 2021)

Historical Memory and the Rise of the Far-Right

Karina Piser

France (2017 - 2019)

Social Cohesion and Secularism in France

Matthew Chitwood

China (2017 - 2019)

Rural to Urban Transformation in Yunnan province

Jonthon Coulson

Indonesia (2016 - 2018)

Education

Onyinye Edeh

Nigeria (2016 - 2018)

Girls' health, education, early marriage, and empowerment

Scott Erich

Oman (2015 - 2016)

Culture and Development

Allyn Gaestel

Nigeria (2015 - 2015)

Human Rights, Politics & Gender

Jonathan Guyer

Egypt (2015 - 2017)

Art, Pop Culture & Satire



Archival Collection in Print
The complete historical collection of Institute of Current World Affairs is also available to researchers at the Columbia University Library. A finding aid online for the ICWA records can be viewed here. Please note that it’s necessary to click on “view all” under Container List on the left margin to see the contents list. That provides only a description of the materials; researchers must visit the library to view the documents. Users can email the main RBML reference services at rbml@library.columbia.edu to request copies.

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When I was looking to go to Russia and study environmental issues, it’s almost as if the ICWA fellowship was exactly the magic grant that I needed. I remember reading the description and thinking, ‘This can’t be true!’

ELENA AGARKOVA, SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, WWF-US ARCTIC PROGRAM (ICWA FELLOW IN SIBERIA, 2008-2010)
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