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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Eve Fairbanks

South Africa (2009 - 2011)

Medicine, Politics, and Social Change

Elena Agarkova

Russia (2008 - 2010)

Siberia's natural resources and its people

Ezra Fieser

Guatemala (2008 - 2010)

Changing Economy and the affect Agriculture in Central America

Suzy Hansen

Turkey (2007 - 2009)

Politics and Religion

Derek Mitchell

India (2007 - 2009)

Impact of global trade and economic growth on Indians living in poverty

Raphael Soifer

Brazil (2007 - 2009)

The relationship between the arts and social change in communities

Kay Dilday

France, Morocco (2006 - 2008)

The relationships of French and North African immigrants in France and in North Africa

Nicholas Schmidle

Pakistan (2006 - 2008)

Ethnic, sectarian, and national identity

Andrew Tabler

Lebanon, Syria (2005 - 2007)

Lebanese affairs and Syrian reform



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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