The East-West Center hosts a number of Visiting Fellows each year, both in Honolulu and at the Center’s office in Washington, DC. The Center also welcomes Visiting Scholars through partnerships with sponsoring institutions or programs (such as Fulbright Fellows) or individuals with self-supporting arrangements. Visiting Fellows and Scholars undertake research and work on publications in collaboration with Center staff or conduct independent research projects focused on the Indo-Pacific region and related to priority areas within the Center’s Research Program.

East-West Center in Honolulu

The East-West Center in Honolulu offers several opportunities for scholars to conduct research at the Center:

  • The POSCO Visiting Fellowships Program invites outstanding scholars and policy makers to engage in policy-relevant research on political, security, and socio-economic issues in Northeast Asia. The annual application deadline for these fellowships is December 31.
  • The Lee-Jay Cho Endowed Chair is awarded annually to one or more researchers with a distinguished record or extraordinary promise and an interest in the Korean economy, particularly in the context of the political economy and international relations of Northeast Asia.
  • The Center's Visiting Scholars Program enables scholars who do not need financial support to conduct research at the East-West Center. The application deadlines are March 31 and September 30 every year. Visiting Scholars are selected whose proposed research is of direct relevance to an important policy issue in the Indo-Pacific region.

East-West Center in Washington D.C.

The Washington D.C office of the East-West Center also offers Visiting Fellows programs and hosts self-funded or externally funded Visiting Scholars. For details please visit the East-West Center in Washington Visiting Fellowships webpage, or write to [email protected].

East-West Center Policy

All awards, grants, and fellowships offered or administered by the East-West Center, including extensions, are subject to cancellation by the Center.  Reasons for such cancellation include but are not limited to lack of funds, change in the institutional or program focus or direction, or insufficient support personnel or resources.  Additionally, international, federal, state, private, or other granting authorities may have their own specific conditions for extension, cancellation, or revocation of awards, grants, or fellowships, which the East-West Center will administer.

Please be aware that if you will need a J-1 visa for your participation, there is an English-language proficiency requirement. You will need to provide ONE of the following:
1. Proof of passage of a recognized English language test
2. Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school
3. A documented interview conducted by the East-West Center in person or by video conferencing (phone interviews will be accepted if video conferencing is not available)