Asia Studies Fellowship Program


The Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship has been postponed. Announcements and applications for the 2021 Fellowship will also be postponed until early 2021. Thank you for your understanding and continued interest in our programs!

Asia Studies FellowshipThe 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 U.S. departments and agencies and 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. 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.

Residency may begin as early as April and extend through September. All fellowships must conclude by September 30. 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 insurance coverage during their term of residency. 

Fellows’ Responsibilities

While in residence, the fellows must: 

  • Present a public seminar on the topic of their fellowship
  • Write an article for the EWCW Asia Pacific Bulletin series
  • Begin a draft to be considered for publication in either the East-West Center's AsiaPacific Issues series or Policy Studies series; due to the peer review process of these publications the fellows will continue to work with EWCW upon the conclusion of their fellowship residency

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.  

Application Requirements 

Applicants must be nationals of a country from the Indo-Pacific or the United States and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend. Applicants must possess a completed Master's degree. Those without a PhD will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. In particular, emphasis will be given to candidates who have not yet had the opportunity to research and network in Washington, D.C. and would further their careers from such an opportunity. 

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 their 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 United States, permanent residency, or an H, L, or K visa.

Applications must include all of the below in order to be considered:

  • A completed online application form
  • A full CV
  • Two letters of reference
  • A 5-page (double spaced) policy-relevant research proposal.The proposal must:
    • Discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined and a tentative hypothesis and argument
    • Make the case that the proposed project can be completed in three months
    • 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.)

All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee, external to the EWC. The final number of fellows selected, and duration of residencies offered, will be subject to fiscal resources available and may differ from previous years.

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