Asia Studies Fellowship Program

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Thank you to all who applied for the 2015 Asia Studies Fellowship. The application period is now CLOSED. Decision letters will be sent by May 15, 2015.


The Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.

The East-West Center (EWC) accepts applications from scholars and analysts who wish to undertake 432research and writing on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Asia policy, including diplomatic, politico-security, and economic issues.

The fellowship finances three-month and six-month residencies at the East-West Center in Washington in Washington, D.C. While in residence, the fellows will complete an article or monograph to be considered for publication, such as the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Bulletin series, the Asia Pacific Issues series, or the Policy Studies series. The first full draft of the manuscript should be completed before the end of the residency period. Fellows must also give a seminar on their topic.

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$2,500 to $4,500 (dependent upon experience) while in residence at EWC in Washington and round trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C. Residency may begin as early as mid-July 2015 and extend until early 2016. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency.

Requirements

Applicants with or without a Ph.D. will be considered; those without a Ph.D. will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. Applicants must be nationals of a country from the Asia-Pacific or the United States (see below for a list of eligible countries) and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend. Successful applications will include a completed online application form, a full CV, two letters of reference, and a policy-relevant research proposal of ten pages (double spaced). The proposal should discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined, tentative hypothesis and arguments, a review and short bibliography of the relevant literature, plans for fieldwork (if any), and project time frame.

Due to East-West Center funding regulations for the Asia Studies Fellowship, non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are selected as fellows will need to be on East-West Center J-1 visa sponsorship during residency. Acceptance of the fellowship will subject fellows to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or the 'two-year home country residency requirement' before the fellow may apply for a change of status in the U.S., permanent residency, or an H, L, or K visa.

Please note the J-1 Visa Requirements have been recently updated and include: (1) evidence of J-status appropriate health/repatriation insurance enrollment for the period, (2) evidence of English-language proficiency, and (3) a separate SEVIS I-901 fee.

The application period for 2015 fellowships is now closed. Please check back in December for information on the 2016 fellowship.

For a list of eligible countries, see: Countries of Eligibility

For more information on J-1 visa requirements, see: General Information for All J-1 Visitors

For additional questions, please email: washington@eastwestcenter.org