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Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) provides three-month fellowships for individuals from the Indo-Pacific region, including the United States, to undertake research on topics of relevance to contemporary U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations. During their residency, selected fellows will be able to engage with officials at various departments and agencies, experts at the EWCW, as well as other D.C. think tanks and universities. They will also be able to attend EWCW seminars and events around Washington, D.C. Selected fellows will complete two written works for publication by the East-West Center and present their research at a public seminar to government officials, professors, students, and others. 

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend while in residence at EWCW, office space and accompanying resources, and round-trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurace coverage during their term of residency. 

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

In 2018, EWCW, in collaboration with the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, launched the U.S.–Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia fellowship. This program provided analysts and scholars with an opportunity to conduct interviews, research, publish, and present work while in residence at EWCW and OSIPP. In 2020, EWCW collaborated with the Center for Rule-making Strategies (CRS) at Tama University to launch the second class of the fellowship. At the conclusion of the program, fellows from both classes will present their research at a capstone conference in Singapore at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute to engage the academic and policy communities.

The fellows selected for Year 2 of the fellowship (February 2020-March 2020) will conduct research along the following theme: how should the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia collaborate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia? The fellows will travel throughout Japan and the Washington, D.C.-area to partake in programs with government experts, researchers, and members of the private sector.

“By bringing together rising professionals and experts from the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia together for research, education, and exchange activities, the program seeks to build a cohort that has better mutual appreciation for opportunities to collaborate across a range of disciplines and policy-relevant issues,” said Dr. Satu Limaye of EWCW. “Each fellow's individual work theme will be informed by their cohort's perspectives and topics as well as officials and experts from the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia. We are grateful to the Japan Foundation and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo for funding.”

“Research fellows have arrived in Tokyo to begin their Japan portion of the U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship,” said Professor Akira Igata of CRS. “They will engage in closed roundtable discussions with relevant experts from the academia, bureaucracy, media, private sector, and think tanks to further their research in Japan throughout the month of February. I hope that they will use this opportunity not only to write a solid research paper, but also to expand their network and enjoy everything that Japan has to offer.”

The East-West Center thanks The Japan Foundation and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo for their generous support for this fellowship.  

Current Visiting Fellows and Scholars | Past Visiting Fellows and Scholars


The U.S.-Philippines Alliance Fellowship

The East-West Center (EWC), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, is accepting applications from Filipino scholars and analysts who wish to conduct an analysis along the following themes: national security, international relations, and international trade and investment in the Indo-Pacific. Applicants must be nationals of the Philippines and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend. Fluency in English is required. Applicants should be pursuing a Master’s degree, PhD, or already have a graduate degree. To facilitate this research and allow participants to engage with the resources and experts of the U.S. policy community in Washington, D.C., the fellowship will finance residencies for 2 fellows for a period of 2-3 months at EWCW. Selected fellows will complete two written works for publication by the East-West Center and present their research at a public seminar to government officials, professors, students, and others. 

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend while in residence at EWCW, office space and accompanying resources, and round-trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurace coverage during their term of residency.