Asia Studies Fellowship Program


432East-West Center in Washington, D.C.


The East-West Center (EWC) accepts applications from scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing in one of the following areas:

  1. International relations in Asia;
  2. Political and economic change in Asia;
  3. U.S.-Asia relations; and/or
  4. Economic integration and architecture in the Asia-Pacific.

The fellowship finances a three-month residence 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 May 2014 and extend until January 2015. Additionally, at the discretion of the Director, a small grant to cover field research in Asia may be available. Fieldwork in the region must be completed prior to residence at the East-West Center in Washington.


Applicants with or without a Ph.D. will be considered. Applicants without a Ph.D. will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. Applicants must be nationals of a country within the scope of their Fellowship or the United States 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. If field research funds are sought, please briefly explain why and how they are to be used. 

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. Requirements include 1) evidence of J-status appropriate health/repatriation insurance enrollment for the period and 2) a separate SEVIS I-901 fee.

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

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