North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC) Fellowship


The North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC), co-organized by the East-West Center and the Korea Maritime Institute, is now in its 9th year. This innovative conference provides a venue for off-the-record engagement among policymakers/practitioners and scientists/analysts regarding Arctic issues of mutual interest to leading North Pacific Arctic states (Canada, Russia, and the United States) and non-Arctic states (China, Japan, and South Korea).  NPAC aims to provide early identification of key policy issues and improved understanding of major options for addressing these issues in the context of the Arctic Council and elsewhere.

Funds are available to support up to five Early-Career Arctic Researchers as NPAC Fellows. They will join a group of world class international researchers and policymakers in addressing contemporary issues affecting the Arctic. This year the NPAC theme is Global-Arctic Interactions: The Arctic Moves from Periphery to Center. The 2019 NPAC conference materials can be found here: Concept Note, Agenda, and Members of the Steering Committee. NPAC Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with these thought leaders and present a short paper in one of the five Thematic Sessions (II-VI) of the conference, namely: II. The Future of Greenland: Political and Economic Implications for the Arctic; III. Maritime Governance in the Arctic; IV. The Political Economy of Arctic Resource Development and Maritime Logistics; V. Preventing and Controlling Pollution in the Arctic; and VI. The Roles of Non-Arctic States in the Arctic. Each fellow's contribution will be included in the conference volume that is expected to be published in early 2020.



Early-career researchers/professionals apply for a fellowship to participate in:

The 9th North Pacific Arctic Conference

      Global-Arctic Interactions: The Arctic Moves from Periphery  to Center

August 14-16, 2019

Imin International Conference Center, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI

To apply, send:

  • A two-page biosketch that must include contact information, education, and professional experience;
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the relevance of your work to the Arctic
  • A statement addressing what you will be able to contribute to one of the five 2019 NPAC Thematic Sessions (see below). Maximum word limit 700 words
  • Send application materials to the Conference Secretariat at the East-West Center:

Eligibility: Early-career researchers or professionals (five years or less post Ph.D. or terminal degree), or advanced graduate students with professional research experience that is relevant to the Arctic, of any nationality.


Important Dates:

Applications due: April 15, 2019

Announcement of Fellows: May 15, 2019

Logistics:  Conference organizers will provide round-trip economy airfare and lodging in university-type accommodation. Most meals will be provided.

Deliverables: If selected, you will be required to submit a draft of your paper, five pages double spaced, by June 30, 2019. As part of the pre-conference dialogue, you will receive comments on your draft from the Session Chair before the Conference. You will present your paper orally in the relevant NPAC Conference session. A final version of your paper will be due September 30, 2019, to be included in the 2019 Conference volume with an expected publication date no later than Spring 2020.

Volumes from previous Conferences can be found at: