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Wilson Center Launches New Pakistan Fellowship

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

WASHINGTON— The Wilson Center has announced the launch of a new Pakistan Fellowship. Open to people from and currently based in Pakistan, it provides a nine-month funded residency for research and writing on public policy issues in Pakistan and/or U.S.-Pakistan relations.

The Wilson Center Pakistan Fellowship, housed within the Asia Program, is a core component of a new 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 U.S.- Pakistan relationship. The new Pakistan Initiative will host conferences and other activities on Pakistan meant to help inform the thinking of policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and others focused on or interested in Pakistan and/or U.S.-Pakistan relations.

“The need for informed, scholarship-based analysis has never been greater — particularly with respect to Pakistan and U.S. - Pakistan relations,” said Wilson Center President and CEO Ambassador Mark Green. “This new fellowship continues both the Wilson Center’s rich tradition of independent research and our mission to help shape today’s most important foreign policy decisions.”

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 U.S.-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 competition for this Fellowship is now open and will close on October 1. The online application and additional information about this new Fellowship—including eligibility, required application materials, and the selection process—can be accessed on the Fellowship’s web page ( Questions about the Fellowship can be sent to

The Wilson Center’s Asia Program 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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