Asia Studies Fellowship Program

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The Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.

Asia Studies FellowshipThe East-West Center (EWC) accepts applications from scholars and analysts who wish to undertake research and writing on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Asia policy. We are particularly interested in proposals regarding key challenges in U.S.-Asia relations and possible responses and approaches to addressing those challenges. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to: competing economic initiatives in Asia; changes in relationships between Asian countries and their impact on the U.S.; and sustaining U.S. alliances and partnerships.

To facilitate this research and allow participants to engage with the resources and experts of the U.S. policy community, the Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship (ASVF) finances residencies for a period of three (3) months at the East-West Center in Washington in Washington, D.C. Exceptional proposals that justify up to six (6) months will be considered in rare circumstances if funds and space allow.

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$2,500 to $5,000 (dependent upon experience) while in residence at the EWC in Washington; office space and accompanying resources; and round trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C.

Residency may begin as early as March 2018 and extend through September 2018. All fellowships must conclude by September 30. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency.
 

Fellows’ Responsibilities

While in residence, the fellows will complete an article or monograph to be considered for an EWC publication, and must also give a public seminar on their topic. Alternative formats for the publication or public presentation may be considered on an individual basis, subject to approval by the director of the EWC in Washington.

Although fellowship research projects are independent in nature, to maximize time and successfully complete these requirements, fellows must complete and submit a project timetable to the fellowship coordinator, who will follow-up periodically on project progress. Fellows are also expected to participate in regular visiting fellow meetings, and/or participate in other programs organized by the Center. The EWCW encourages fellows to engage with the Washington policy community, including participating in events at other institutions or agencies; so long as it does not interfere with the fellows’ duties and the East-West Center in Washington is named as their affiliation.
 

Application Requirements and Materials

Applicants with or without a Ph.D. will be considered; those without a Ph.D. will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. Applicants must be nationals of a country from the Asia-Pacific or the United States (see below for a list of eligible countries) and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend.

Successful applications will include:

  • A completed online application form
  • A full CV Two letters of reference
  • A 5-page (double spaced) policy-relevant research proposal of five pages

The proposal must:

  • Discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined and a tentative hypothesis and arguments
  • Make the case that the proposed project can be completed in three months, and
  • Explain how a fellowship in Washington, D.C. would further this research (For example: by interviewing government officials/policy experts, access to archives at local institutions etc.)

Optional elements:

  • Brief description any plans for field research or conference attendance in the U.S. outside of DC, and how it would enhance the project
  • A brief bibliography of the relevant literature

 

The application DEADLINE is January 2, 2018 (11:59PM EST).

 

Selection Process and Criteria

All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee, external to the EWC. Applications missing any part of the required package will not be considered. Decision letters are expected to be sent in early February 2018. The final number of fellows selected, and duration of residencies offered, will be subject to fiscal resources available and may differ from previous years.

The strength of the proposal is the most significant factor for selection; particularly the relevancy of the topic to issues of contemporary US-Asia or intra-Asia policy, and demonstrated ability to undertake independent research.

While applications from candidates of all backgrounds and career levels will be considered, emphasis will be given to:

  • Next generation applicants who would benefit in their academic or professional careers from such an opportunity
  • Those who have not yet had the opportunity to operate in Washington D.C. and engage with the local academic and policy making communities
  • Projects which would greatly benefit from the resources afforded by a residency in Washington D.C.

 

Apply Now using the SECURE online application form

 

Additional Details for Non-US-Residents

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.

Please note the J-1 Visa Requirements have been recently updated and include: (1) evidence of J-status appropriate health/repatriation insurance enrollment for the period, (2) evidence of English-language proficiency, and (3) a separate SEVIS I-901 fee.

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

For more information on J-1 visa requirements, see: General Information for All J-1 Visitors

For additional questions, please email: washington@eastwestcenter.org