United States-Republic of Korea Cooperation in Southeast Asia: Trade, Investment, and Multilateralism


The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) offered a year-long, collaborative policy research and exchange program, generously sponsored by the Korea Foundation, for three  established scholars, one each from Korea, Southeast Asia, and the United States, respectively. The three selected researchers assessed how their respective countries are collaborating to bolster US-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia in the areas of trade, investment, and in supporting multilateral efforts in the region, including in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Key Program Elements

The three selected researchers will be offered $900 per month for six months. While participating in the project, researchers must:

  • Submit extended research plans after being selected;
  • Participate in five closed, online program workshops, which will feature guest speakers;
  • Present their findings online both via EWCW’s Indo-Pacific Seminar series as well as at a virtual concluding conference with assembled experts; and
  • Prepare their research 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, researchers will, if necessary, continue to work with EWCW upon the conclusion of the program. To ensure optimal dissemination of the researchers’ policy prescriptions, EWCW also asks that the findings are published as 1,000-word Asia Pacific Bulletins to ensure the dissemination to policymakers and stakeholders such as researchers in the academic and policy analyst communities, students, and the media.

Application Requirements

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

  • A completed online application form;
  • A full CV;
  • Two letters of reference, and;
  • 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 six months

Eligibility Information

Applicants must be:

For queries related to the program or application, please contact Mr. Ross Tokola at [email protected].