East-West Center Fellowships for Early-Career Lecturers from Asian and Pacific Universities


Nature of the Fellowship

Each year the East-West Center hosts two to four early-career lecturers from Asian and Pacific Universities to reside at the Center for up to 12 months to undertake research and writing on an agreed topic. Fellows are provided with a stipend, but it is expected that their home universities will provide round-trip airfare between their home base and Honolulu and continue to pay their monthly salary. Participants are required to give one seminar, prepare a high-quality paper to be submitted for publication, and join in East-West Center activities. They may also be asked to participate in local outreach and public-diplomacy activities. 

Areas of Research

The Early-Career Lecturers from Asian and Pacific Universities program mentors outstanding individuals with the intellectual curiosity and multidisciplinary research skills needed to explore the rapid and transformative changes occurring in fields such as agriculture, urbanization, food security, water usage and conservation, labor and migration, economics, governance, and climate change across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Fellows will work with colleagues from across the region to advance methodologies for finding, communicating, and implementing new solutions to important policy issues using the language and methods of the biophysical and social sciences. Preference will be given to scholars whose expertise and work are regional or sub-regional in scope rather than single-country specialists. The program offers an opportunity to join a community of collaborators to create imaginative, transdisciplinary projects in pursuit of insights into the complex systems that matter most for science and society in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Application Procedures

  • Application form
  • A cover letter indicating the research theme or project for which the early-career lecturer is applying
  • Curriculum vitae, which may be circulated among East-West Center staff (For security purposes, please do not include any personal information—e.g., birthdate, social security number, and/or passport number.)
  • Full names, titles, postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses of three referees
  • Research proposal (3–5 pages), which should do the following:
  1. Set out the issue or issues of the proposed investigation
  2. Describe the research method
  3. State the relationship of the proposed study to ongoing work in the area
  4. Explain how the proposed study can advance regional development and cooperation
  5. Propose the duration of fellowship required, i.e., the expected time that the applicant would be in residence at the East-West Center
  6. Describe the anticipated publication product

Applicants should provide evidence that their home university will help support their time in Hawaii.

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@eastwestcenter.org