Application materials have changed. Please ensure you are working with the latest version.

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 cycle is January 29, 2016 by 11:59 pm. All application materials are to be submitted to Mailed materials must be postmarked by 1/29/16.

Failure to provide all information requested is grounds for the elimination of your application. Material not requested will be discarded. No interviews will be conducted. Receipt of required materials after the deadline may disqualify your application. Please convey the deadline to all affiliations, reference writers, and appropriate university offices/other sources of required materials. We are unable to provide the status of individual supporting documents – you are encouraged to request a read receipt with your e-mail submission and to ask reference writers/affiliations to do the same. Please check with the source of the document and request they forward the confirmation receipt so you know it has been received. Automatic replies will be generated for all submissions to An email message confirming receipt of an application will be sent to all applicants approximately two weeks after the deadline. Final decisions on Fellows are generally communicated in mid-April.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to make use of the IAF's site to learn more about their mission, grant-making and grantees, and to read their publications.

1) Download the application materials

You must have the most current version of Adobe Reader to download the materials. Mac users should read instructions carefully to ensure compatibility. First save the file to your computer then verify that you have saved it correctly by completing a few fields, saving the form, closing it and re-opening it. When you open your saved file, you should see the information you entered and be able to add and edit. DO NOT print the forms as a PDF. You are encouraged to draft and save your application in Word and then move it to the form.

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Application Instructions (98 KB, PDF)

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Applicant Certification (56.5 KB, PDF)

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Application (785 KB, PDF) IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 01/21/16, the application was updated to correct an error in the experience section. If you have already used the previous version, you should check the CITY for Experience 1 and Experience 2. To avoid duplication, you may begin your Experience in #2, and leave #1 blank.

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Language Evaluation - Complete (154 KB, PDF)

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Language Self-Assessment for Applicant (150 KB, PDF)

2016-2017 IAF Fellowship Language Assessment for Evaluator (119 KB, PDF)

2) Complete the IAF Fellowship Application

The form must be submitted as a fill-able PDF document. Do not print your application as a pdf. Applications are processed electronically. If the application cannot be read, it must be corrected before it can move forward. Please do not use tabs or indents, and do not change any spacing or other formatting. All text must be visible within the field. If you cannot see it, reviewers will not see it. Keep your responses concise, and note the word limits. You should type over the default text, and you should be able to see your own text after you leave the field. Abbreviate as required. The application includes:

  • Personal and Contact Information
  • Research Overview
  • Academic Background
  • A Custom Curriculum Vitae
  • A Personal Statement
  • Field Research Plan
  • Bibliography

3) Gather Required Attachments

  • Foreign Language Proficiency Report (Native speakers must complete as indicated.)
  • IAF Applicant Certification (must be sent as a separate document - do not combine with other materials - may be in same e-mail, but do not merge files)
  • Three Academic References (must come from the reference writer by e-mail or mail; please refer to the instructions)
  • University Certification (no form is available; please refer to the instructions)
  • Letter(s) of Affiliation (at least one for each country of research)
  • IRB Approval or Exemption (or letter by applicant with timeline)
  • All Graduate Transcripts (including foreign studies - do NOT include undergrad transcripts) - may be Unofficial/Student Copies IF on watermarked paper/letterhead.

4) Submission

All supporting documents should be saved as a PDF file or Word file (.doc) and forwarded electronically by the source indicated in the instructions to whenever possible. Please note the signature requirements. Signatures may be JPEG or TIFF - typed names and certified signatures within a pdf are not acceptable. References should be on university letterhead, not in the body of the e-mail.

The applicant's full name and university should be clearly indicated on the subject line and the attachments.

The application and Foreign Language Proficiency Report must be submitted via the fillable form via email. If using regular mail send other required attachments to the following address:

Institute of International Education
Attn: IAF Fellowship Program
1400 K Street, N.W. - 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to use a service that confirms receipt. Due to the volume of applications IIE cannot confirm receipt of individual documents - applicants should be in touch with the sender. All applicants will receive communication after the deadline regarding the completeness of their application. For further information contact 202.326.7796 or

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