Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowships must begin by September 30, 2022 and end by October 31, 2022.

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The East-West Center (EWC) provides up to seven short-term fellowships for scholars from the Indo-Pacific region, including the United States, to undertake research on topics related to governance, environmental issues, economics, and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific.

Key Program Elements

Visiting Fellows undertake research with the EWC in-person at the Honolulu or Washington, DC offices, or remotely, for terms of two to three months. During their terms, the participants pursue research interests both independently and in collaboration with EWC researchers. An EWC researcher will provide guidance on research resources, access, and other relevant information, and will also assist the Visiting Fellow with residence at EWC facilities.  Fellows are expected to publish in an EWC publication such as Asia-Pacific Issues, the Asia-Pacific Bulletin, or Policy Studies. Fellows must also give a public talk on their selected topics of research. Fellowships include a monthly stipend plus travel expenses.

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
  • A 5-page (double spaced), policy-relevant research proposal. The proposal must include the following:  the policy problem or issue to be examined and a tentative hypothesis and argument; a schedule to complete the proposed project in the given time frame; and an explanation of how a fellowship at the East-West Center would further the proposed research (for example, access to experts, archives at the library, etc.)

Eligibility Information for Applicants

  • Applicants must be nationals of a country from the Indo-Pacific or the United States and eligible to receive a fellowship stipend.
  • Applicants must possess a completed Master's degree, although preference is given to those with completed PhDs. Those without a PhD will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. Particular emphasis will be given to candidates who have not yet had the opportunity to research and network in Honolulu or Washington, DC.
  • Due to East-West Center funding regulations, non-US citizens or permanent residents who are selected as fellows will require East-West Center J-1 visa sponsorship during their residency. Acceptance of the fellowship will subject fellows to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or the two-year home country residency requirement before the fellow may apply for a change of status in the United States, permanent residency, or an H, L, or K visa.
  • Participants in the in-person fellowships must adhere to the East-West Center’s public health and COVID safety regulations, including masking in public spaces and submitting proof of vaccination.
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