Applicants must secure funding for the program before applying. The WFI Fellowship Program Fee is used to pay for Fellows’ salaries, provide work space, and cover program operations. The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Fee is separate from the Fellowship Fee and is paid to a third-party company, Experience International, to secure a J-1 Visa and includes health insurance for the duration of the Fellowship.
Please note that persons holding a green card or US citizenship do not require a visa and are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance. Applicants must also provide their own airfare cost. Due to the high number of requests, WFI cannot help applicants to secure their portion of funding.
WFI 6-month Fellowship Program Fee is $10,000 USD
• 50% of this cost is paid directly to WFI by the Harry A. Merlo Foundation in the form of a matching grant, $5,000 USD.
• 50% of this cost is paid by sources secured by you, the Fellow, $5,000 USD