Great Fellowship for Latin-Americans: VIDANTA-WILSON CENTER FELLOWSHIP

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

Fundación Vidanta and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals to apply for a short-term residential fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Fostering Innovation in the Americas

As a driver of economic productivity and social progress, innovation is impacting every region and functional dimension of the global economy. While both developed and emerging economies are capable of producing market-disrupting innovation, each tends to produce innovation with distinct characteristics and aspects.

Understanding the trends and frontiers of innovation is no longer an abstract or novel branch of knowledge. There is an imperative to harness innovation in
the face of global competition, and governments, research institutions, corporations, and individuals are pursuing this goal in every corner of the globe.

For Latin America and the Caribbean, the challenge to create, implement, and sustain innovation in the public, private, and non-pro t domains is a daunting one. The organizers will accept policy-relevant proposals that address key challenges to successful innovation ecosystems in the Americas.

Examples may include: national, state, or local public policies to improve innovation ecosystems; fostering social enterprise; developing greater synergies between universities and the private sector; expanding public-private partnerships; generating the human capital and talent necessary for innovation to thrive.

Priority will be given to projects that can result in work that reaches a broad audience. While in residence, Fellows will be af liated with the Latin American Program. They are encouraged to produce policy reports and other short written products during their Fellowship and to design, in collaboration with the Latin American Program, a seminar, conference, or meeting related to their research.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants who are citizens of any Latin American
or Caribbean country and who reside in the region. Applicants must hold a valid passport and be able
to obtain a J-1 visa. We welcome applications from outstanding women and men from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academia, business, government, journalism, and other professions.

A command of spoken English is necessary since the Center encourages the exchange of ideas among its Fellows and with the broader Washington policy community.

Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree and a minimum of ve years of relevant work experience. The Fellowship is not open to current students or to those working on a Master’s-level or doctoral dissertation.

Bene ts and Access

The residential Fellowship will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Each fellow is assigned
a furnished of ce available to him or her every day around the clock. The Center is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and includes conference rooms, a reference library, and a dining room. The building is a smoke-free environment. The Wilson Center Library provides loan privileges with the Library of Congress and access to digital resources, its book and journal collections, and to university and special libraries in the area, and other research facilities. Windows- based personal computers are provided, and each fellow is offered a part-time research assistant. Although fellows are responsible for locating their own housing in the Washington, D.C. area, the Center provides written materials to help facilitate the search process, if desired.

Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend and are required to purchase health insurance unless they have a medical plan that covers them while in the United States. The Fellowship includes round-trip airfare in economy class to and from Washington, D.C.

Length of Appointment

The Fellowship is for a minimum of four months and a maximum of six months.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Latin American Program and Vidanta Foundation staff as well as outside experts. Speci c application criteria are outlined below. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2017. Appointment decisions will be made by May 1, 2017, for fellowships beginning as early as September 2017.

Selection Criteria

  • Signi cance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
  • The quality of the proposal in organization, clarity, and scope; and
  • The capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that he or she will accomplish the proposed project.

    Projects should involve fresh research, in terms of both the overall eld and the applicant’s previous work. It is essential that projects have relevance to public policy, and fellows should want, and be prepared, to interact with policymakers throughout the Washington policy community and with others at the Wilson Center working on similar issues.

    How to Apply?

    Applications should be submitted via email and should contain the following elements:

  • A current CV indicating educational and professional background, nationality, date of birth, and contact information (address, email, and telephone number). Only the rst three pages will be accepted.
  • A project proposal not to exceed ve double-spaced, typed pages, using a 12-point font.
  • A short bibliography (optional and not to exceed one page) for the project that includes relevant print or on-line

    sources.

  • An indication of why residency at the Center will be bene cial to the project.
  • The names and contact information for two references.
  • All application materials must be submitted in English.
  • Please make your project clear to individuals outside your own eld and explain its practical signi cance.

    Completed applications, as well as any questions, should be submitted via email to: lap@wilsoncenter.org. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

    More Info: http://www.wilsoncenter.org

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