John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships

Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) (Crane-Rogers Foundation)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher Research Scientist

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Caribbean Expand all

Location of residency: Preferred: United States Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Age restriction: No more than 35 years of age

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John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships offer people with graduate degrees in forestry or forest-related specialties an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest-resource problems to humans, including policy-makers, environmentalists, farmers, scientists and forest-product industrialists.

An ICWA Fellowship represents a generous investment in the future of a Fellow. The ultimate aim of the ICWA Fellowship program is to cultivate deep expertise in foreign (non-US) countries and cultures. ICWA achieves this by supporting a Fellow over a two year period, during which she or he carries out an immersive program of self-designed, independent study abroad.

ICWA's mission is to identify and cultivate rare potential, so ICWA is looking for promise, curiosity, and enthusiasm in its candidates. ICWA considers whether a candidate is ready for the rapid personal growth that the Fellowship makes possible. Candidates with a passion for their project country and who are sufficiently prepared to take advantage of the opportunity ICWA offers, have the best chance of being awarded an ICWA Fellowship.

Extensive professional experience in the proposed area is not always necessary; Fellowships are aimed at developing advanced knowledge and professional skills, not awarding research or reporting opportunities to those who already possess them. Strong candidates generally propose topics for the Fellowship that are compelling. Given ICWA's interest in achieving wide geographic distribution over time, ICWA generally is less inclined to select projects in countries where ICWA currently or very recently has had a Fellow.

ICWA is naturally drawn to areas of the world and topics that are less well understood and that are relevant to the United States. These could include thematic Fellowships, for example examining questions related to economic development or the environment that could be effectively pursued using the method of our Fellowships. Candidates are encouraged to browse ICWA's archives to see the kind of projects that the Institute has supported.

Fellows should not expect to return to the United States during the two years of their Fellowship. ICWA Fellowships are immersive; a vital component of the Fellowship experience is remaining, without interruption, in the area of study for the duration of a Fellowship. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • ICWA expects candidates to have the necessary language skills to allow to them to carry out their proposed project.
    • ICWA expects enough language proficiency so that candidates are able to function in the local language within a few months of arriving in the country.
  • Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong and credible ties to U.S. society.
  • Your country of study should be outside the U.S.
  • A proposed Fellowship must hold the promise of enriching public life in the United States by enhancing the understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and trends.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English language skills and must have completed the current phase of their formal education.
  • Fellows should not expect to return to the United States during the two years of their Fellowship.


  • ICWA does not accept applications from currently enrolled undergraduate students.
  • You will not be considered for a Fellowship if you are 36 years old at the time of the letter of interest submission deadline.
  • Fellows are not permitted to engage in overtly political activities during their Fellowship.
  • While ICWA expects candidates to design projects of topical interest, Fellowships are not aimed at covering news events. 
  • ICWA does not send Fellows into war zones, or places where intense security concerns prevent Fellows from interacting with the local populace.
  • Fellowships are not scholarships.
  • ICWA does not support degree programs at universities, the writing of books, or research projects aimed at answering specific questions in a particular academic discipline.