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How to Apply for a Job

The Center consists of two separate, but parallel, pay systems (federal and trust). U.S. Civil Service positions are funded by our annual appropriation from the Congress. Trust positions are funded by private donations, grants and gifts to the Center

How to apply for a U.S. Civil Service positions and/or Trust funded (non-federal) positions:  To apply for U.S. Civil Service positions and/or Trust funded (non-federal) positions you must apply online through  A link will be provided on our website to the appropriate job announcement on the USAJobs website.


Our U.S. Civil Service (federal) positions require U.S. citizenship. Our Trust funded positions do not require U.S. Citizenship, but do require appropriate documentary evidence of right to work in the United States issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Those individuals normally are:

  • a citizen (either by birth or naturalization) or national of the United States;
  • or an alien assigned by the INS to a class of immigrants authorized to be employed (aliens who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the INS are the largest class of aliens in this category);
  • or an individual alien who is expressly authorized by the INS to be employed.


Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability. The Center participates in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-VERIFY electronic employment verification process.

Unless otherwise advertised, applications must be received by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Failure to address the selective and quality ranking factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience. Applicants are strongly urged to address these factors on a separate sheet of paper. If you omit information requested in this announcement, your application may be rated ineligible.

In most cases, travel and transportation and/or relocation expenses are not authorized.

If a vacant position is filled below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition. This implies no promise or guarantee of promotion.

The use of U.S. government postage paid envelopes is a violation of federal law and will disqualify you from consideration.

Males born after 12/31/59 desiring Federal employment must be registered with the Selective Service System to be considered for employment.

We provide reasonable accomodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions regarding reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Please Note: All Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars positions require fingerprinting of employees hired and a background check before employment.