The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) provides three-month fellowships for individuals from the Indo-Pacific region, including the United States, to undertake research on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Indo-Pacific relations. During their residency, selected fellows will be able to engage with officials at various US departments and agencies and experts at the EWCW as well as other DC think tanks and universities. They will also be able to attend EWCW seminars and events around Washington, DC. EWCW encourages fellows to engage with the Washington policy community, including participating in events at other institutions or agencies; so long as it does not interfere with the fellows’ duties and the East-West Center in Washington is named as their affiliation.
The fellowship includes a monthly stipend while in residence at EWCW, office space and accompanying resources, and round-trip economy airfare to Washington, DC. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency (EWCW will provide suggestions for accommodation options).
While in residence, the fellows must:
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. Those without a PhD will be considered based on their relevant professional experience. In particular, emphasis will be given to candidates who have not yet had the opportunity to research and network in Washington, DC and would further their careers from such an opportunity.
Due to East-West Center funding regulations for the Asia Studies Fellowship, non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are selected as fellows will need to be on 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.
Applications must include all of the below in order to be considered:
All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee, external to the EWC. The final number of fellows selected, and duration of residencies offered, will be subject to fiscal resources available and may differ from previous years.
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