Asia Studies Fellowship Program


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 residencies from three to six months 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. Alternative formats for the publication or public presentation may be considered on an individual basis, but must be approved by the director of the EWC in Washington.

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$2,500 to $5,000 (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 March 2016 and extend through September 2016. All fellowships must conclude by September 30. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency.


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; as well as details on how plan to explore the topic and project time frame. Explaining how a fellowship in Washington, D.C. would further this research would be helpful. (For example: plans to interview government officials/policy experts, access achieves at local institutions etc.)

The application DEADLINE is January 1, 2016.


All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee, external to the EWC. Applications missing any part of the required package will not be considered. Decision letters are expected to be sent in early February 2015. The final number of fellows selected, and duration of residencies offered, will be subject to fiscal resources available and may differ from previous years.

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Additional Details for Non-US-Residents

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.

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

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