Congressional Staff Program on Asia


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Applications for the Winter 2019 Congressional Staff Program on Asia are now closed 

Please visit our website again for updated application information for the next cohort.

This bipartisan educational certificate program provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage U.S. officials and leading experts on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations, and expand their network of congressional colleagues, officials, and experts.

Key Program Elements:

• A semester-long certificate program consisting of a series of eight, one-hour discussions, held weekly at a Capitol Hill location. Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who attend a minimum of six of the eight sessions.

• Each session features a single theme/topic, and include speakers from government agencies, think tanks, universities, and other policy institutions.

• Session topics cover issues with implications for congressional consideration and action, including: Managing the U.S.-Japan Alliance; Great Power Competition with China; Alliances and Force Posture in the Indo-Pacific; Korean Peninsula Issues; South China Sea, ASEAN, and Southeast Asia; Trade and Investment Competition in the Indo-Pacific; Democracy and Human Rights in U.S.-Indo-Pacific Relations; and U.S.-India and Indo-Pacific relations.

Eligibility Information for Applicants :

• Applicants must be current congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. No previous Indo-Pacific expertise is required.

For queries related to the program or application, please contact Mr. Ross Tokola at, or at 202-327-9762.