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Applications Now Being Accepted for Wilson Center Pakistan Fellowship

WASHINGTON— The Wilson Center has opened its competition for its next Pakistan Fellow; applications will be accepted until February 1, 2024. Now in its second year, the Fellowship is available to people from and currently based in Pakistan. It provides a nine-month funded residency in Washington, DC for research and writing on public policy issues relevant to Pakistan and/or US-Pakistan relations.

The Wilson Center Pakistan Fellowship, housed within the South Asia Institute, is a core component of a Wilson Center Pakistan initiative that builds on and expands the Center’s 40 years of in-depth scholarship and programming on both security and non-security aspects of the US-Pakistan relationship. It does this through producing written works, hosting conferences, and other activities that help to inform policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and others focused on or interested in Pakistan and/or US-Pakistan relations.

“We are delighted to launch the next competition for our Pakistan Fellowship, a unique program in Washington,” said Michael Kugelman, director of the Wilson Center’s South Asia Institute. “The Pakistan Fellowship enables us to build on the Wilson Center’s deep and multifaceted body of work on Pakistan, and to bring more nuance and context to policy debates about Pakistan and US-Pakistan relations.”  

The Wilson Center Pakistan Fellow will conduct research and write on their area of interest (which must focus on a topic related to public policy issues in Pakistan and/or US-Pakistan relations), and publish research through the Wilson Center and beyond. The Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with policymakers and thought leaders in Washington. They will also contribute substantively to the Wilson Center’s Pakistan programming and research. Upon completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be expected to have finished a substantive research product resulting in a monograph, a series of articles, or a book.

The online application and additional information about this Fellowship—including eligibility, required application materials, and the selection process—can be accessed on the Fellowship’s web page ( Information about Baqir Sajjad, the inaugural Wilson Center Pakistan Fellow, can be accessed here: Questions about the Fellowship can be sent to

The Wilson Center’s South Asia Institute is grateful to the following supporters for their generous commitments in support of this Initiative: The Mashooqullah Family, Salim Adaya, Fazal and Shasta Sirhandi, Mossadaq Chughtai, and Najeeb Ghauri, CEO and Chairman, NETSOL Technologies.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.

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