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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Jessica Reilly

Seafaring (2015 - 2017)

Adaption to climate change in coastal communities in México, Central America and the Caribbean

Robbie Corey-Boulet

West Africa (2014 - 2016)

LGBTI Activism & Homophobia

Hannah Armstrong

Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Western Sahara (2012 - 2014)

State-building and security in the Sahel Region of West Africa

Amelia Frank-Vitale

Mexico (2012 - 2014)

Unauthorized migrants en route

Shannon Sims

Brazil (2012 - 2014)

Stakeholder involvement in the governance of South Atlantic Coastal Forest, The Mata Atlantica

Chi-Chi Zhang

China (2012 - 2014)

China's next generation and its role in the country's political, economic and social development

Jori Lewis

Senegal (2011 - 2013)

Food scarcity and its relationship to global security, global markets and democracy in Africa

Neri Zilber

Israel (2011 - 2013)

Israel's complicated and diverse society and even more complicated political system

Pooja Bhatia

Haiti (2009 - 2011)

Politics and development in Haiti



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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