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POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program

The POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, endowed by POSCO, is intended to promote research activities on Korean topics at the East-West Center.  The Program invites outstanding scholars and policy makers to engage in policy-relevant, contemporary research on political, security, and economic issues in Northeast Asia, as they relate to Korea.

Nature of the Fellowship

POSCO visiting fellows are in residence at the East-West Center for one to two months and undertake research and writing on an agreed topic. Fellows are provided with a stipend and round trip economy airfare between their home base and Honolulu. They are required to give one seminar, prepare a high quality paper to be submitted for publication, and join in East-West Center activities.  The Fellow may also be asked to participate in local outreach and public diplomacy activities.  Proposals for cost-shared fellowships are welcomed.

Areas of Research

Each year during the period from March 1 through the end of February of the following year, the East-West Center invites four to six visiting fellows. These fellows will spend one or two months each carrying out policy-related research on contemporary issues in Korean studies. In particular, the POSCO Fellowship Program is intended to generate constructive and informative research in four important areas: (1) issues concerning the two Koreas and Northeast Asia; (2) security issues involving Korea and Northeast Asia; (3) economic and social issues in Korea; and (4) political development in South Korea.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

Under the Korea Foundation grant agreement, POSCO Visiting Fellows will be required to prepare a quality paper addressing the issues as outlined above or developed in his or her proposal to be published in academic journals or in book format.  An abbreviated version of the paper may be a candidate for publication in the Center's Asia Pacific Issues series -- a policy relevant peer-reviewed series with papers ranging in length from 3,200 to 4,200 words (10-12 double-spaced pages). The Center's Editorial Committee will consider submissions. POSCO Visiting Fellows customarily provide a presentation on research activities and findings at a center-wide seminar at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following by December 31, 2014 to be considered for the fellowship period from March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016.

  • Application form
  • A cover letter indicating the research theme or project for which the applicant is applying
  • Curriculum vitae (For security purposes, please do not include any personal information--e.g., birthdate, social security numbers, and/or passport number.  In addition, your CV may be circulated among EWC staff.)
  • Names of three referees, including full name, title, address, telephone and fax number, and email address.
  • Research proposal (3 to 5 pages) including:
    The research proposal should include the following:
    1. Setting out the issue or issues they propose to investigate.
    2. Their research method.
    3. The relationship of the proposed study to ongoing work in the area.
    4. How the proposed study can advance regional development and cooperation.
    5. The duration of fellowship required, expected time that the applicant can be in residence at the East-West Center.
    6. The anticipated publication product.

Applicants who can provide some of the cost of the fellowship should indicate what costs they are able to cover.

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@eastwestcenter.org or mailed to:
Denny Roy
Coordinator of POSCO Visiting Fellowships
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii  96848-1601
USA

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