Jefferson Fellowships


The East-West Center is now accepting applications for the 2019 Jefferson Fellowships program, which will bring together 10-12 multinational journalists to explore a theme of “Migration Policy & Public Sentiment.” An immersive dialogue, travel, and reporting program to Honolulu, Hawaii; Seoul, South Korea; Manila, Philippines; and Sydney, Australia will enable participating journalists to contextualize and compare migration patterns and policy solutions as well as better understand how economic, political, social, and cultural concerns are influencing public sentiment and fostering support for nativist policies and populist politicians. The 2019 Jefferson Fellowships will begin at the East-West Center in Honolulu with an examination of migrant patterns in the United States and the Asia Pacific, including countries of origin, educational attainment, gender, and distribution within recipient countries. Journalists will also explore President Donald Trump’s push for more restrictive immigration policies along with how this has framed the public debate and influenced sentiment. Site visits in Honolulu will provide unique opportunities to engage with affected community members. Travel to Seoul will examine the driving forces underpinning South Korea’s migration patterns; public sentiment regarding those patterns; and the gradual implementation of policies intended to attract expatriate nationals and foreign workers. Travel to Manila will similarly explore domestic push factors compelling Filipinos abroad; the evolution of related policymaking; and the various institutions and civil society organizations aimed at facilitation and protection of overseas workers. Travel to Sydney will examine Australia’s move away from family migration to skilled migration targeting national workforce needs; the rise of temporary and “two-step migration”; the controversial “Pacific Solution”; and the public’s response. Finally, meetings with government officials, security officers, academics, media colleagues, students, civil society leaders, and immigrants will provide first-hand exposure to and a more nuanced understanding of the theme while building the professional networks of participating journalists.

Theme:  Migration Policy & Public Sentiment

Dates:  April 21 – May 12, 2019

Destinations:  Honolulu, Hawaii; Seoul, South Korea; Manila, Philippines; Sydney, Australia

Funding:  The 2019 Jefferson Fellowships are funded by the Freeman Foundation, the Mary Mogan Hewett Fund, the East-West Center, and individual scholarships made possible by alumni. These funds provide for 10-12 full or partial scholarships, including approximately 2-4 for American journalists and 8-10 for Asia Pacific journalists. A full scholarship for the 2019 Jefferson Fellowships is valued at USD$8745 and covers international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, meals, and other programmatic costs. Journalists are responsible for a $800 program fee as well as their own visa fees, health insurance and baggage charges. EWC encourages additional cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants.

Eligibility:  The Jefferson Fellowships are open to working print, broadcast, and online journalists in the United States and the Asia Pacific, defined as: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Vietnam. A minimum five years of professional experience is preferred. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional, multi-cultural environment. Preference will be given to journalists who clearly articulate the relevance of the theme to their areas of coverage and how they intend to use the knowledge gained to enhance the perspectives of viewers, readers, and listeners. Journalists are strongly encourage to generate media content during and after the program in the form of formal print and broadcast stories, blogs, tweets, Instagram and other social media communications.

Deadline:  Thursday, February 7, 2019

For more information, please visit the Jefferson Fellowships webpage.

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