U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship


U.S. – Japan – Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship

The application portal for the Year 1 cohort of US-Japan-Southeast Asian Fellows is now closed. Please visit our website again for updated application information for the next class of fellows.

The East-West Center in Washington, DC (EWCW), in collaboration the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, is launching the U.S.–Japan—Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia fellowship. This program provides analysts and scholars with an opportunity to conduct interviews, research, publish, and present work while in residence at EWCW and OSIPP.

This project is generously funded by The Japan Foundation and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.

The primary purposes of this project are three-fold:

  1. Expand existing U.S.-Japan academic and policy networks by bringing together experts in the U.S.-Japan alliance, Southeast Asia, and functional specialists (e.g., on regional economic integration, political economy, maritime security, and institutions/multilateralism).
  2. Initiate “trilateral” interactions among Americans, Japanese, and Southeast Asians around core topics, with the aim of assessing Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance’s role in Southeast Asia.
  3. Generate policy-relevant ideas and proposals to inform policymakers responsible for U.S.-Japan relations and produce research, publications, and exchanges among Americans, Japanese, and Southeast Asians.

The fellows selected for Year 1 of the fellowship (January 2019-March 2019) will be addressing proposals along the following theme: How should the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia cooperate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia?  This year, the fellows will travel to Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, Japan (January 2019), followed by two months (February - March 2019) in Washington, DC to partake in programs with government experts, researchers, and workers in the private sector.

“This exciting new Fellowship bringing together next generation Americans, Japanese, and Southeast Asians to consider ways to strengthen the US-Japan alliance in cooperation with Southeast Asian colleagues directly supports the East-West Center’s mission of education, research, and exchange through collaboration,” said Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington. “By convening expertise, experience, and energy, the EWC is engaging on policy-relevant issues shaping the future Indo-Pacific. We are grateful to the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation and look forward to working with the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University.”

"To be able to work with the EWC on US-Japan-Southeast Asia cooperation is a truly exciting development for OSIPP and our Southeast Asian friends and colleagues, and a significant step for the IAFOR (International Academic Forum) Research Centre based at OSIPP," said Haruko Satoh, Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Center. "In these fluid times, I believe this project signifies new efforts to strengthen the much needed meaningful ties between Japan, US and Southeast Asia based on mutual respect and understanding."  

Fellowship Information and Application 

Year 1 (January-March 2019) Cohort

For additional questions, please email: Mrs. Sarah Wang, Programs Coordinator, East-West Center in Washington, wangs@eastwestcenter.org