The Ullman Fellowship 20014-2019 was awarded annually to 1 to 3 Woodrow Wilson School students who wished to engage on a significant international project in a full-time assignment for one year with one U.S. federal government agency, international NGO, or a multilateral institution in the U.S. or overseas. Each student’s engagement was guided by current regulations and constraints of the respective agency or institution at which they work.
The Fellowship defined practitioner experiences very broadly. The Fellowship supported a range of assignments such as work in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government or the Congress, working with NGOs or international organizations (e.g., United Nations Development Programme or the World Food Programme), to hands-on, internationally-oriented fieldwork (e.g., preparing and observing elections in a post-conflict state or assessing the impact of projects in a developing country). While recipients were responsible for securing their own employment opportunities, they received guidance and assistance from the School in making contacts for their fellowship work assignments.
A selection committee comprised of Woodrow Wilson School faculty and staff and Ullman family members, friends or former students reviewed each application and conducted interviews with semifinalists. Ullman Fellowship recipients were selected by the Woodrow Wilson School on the basis of outstanding academic performance, proven track record of professional accomplishment, leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to a career in internationally-focused public service.
Fellows were expected to provide both an interim and final report on the quality of their experience as well as feedback via a written evaluation from their host employer. There was also an annual event involving the Fellows and the community of Professor Ullman’s friends and colleagues to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge gained through the practitioner experiences.