East-West Center Visiting Fellowships

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East-West Center Visiting Fellowships program enables scholars to undertake research and publication during the academic year 2010-2011 in collaboration with EWC staff on an independent research project related to one of the four Research Program Study areas: Politics, Governance and Security; Economics; Population and Health; and Environmental Change, Vulnerability and Governance


One of the following research themes:

  • An Interdisciplinary Framework for Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Risk Assessment
  • Assessing Market-based Environmental Policy Instruments in Asia
  • Assessing Risk from Vegetation Fires
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Migration and Resource Management
  • Changes in the Strategic Environment of Northeast Asia
  • China’s Capitalist Transition
  • Deepening Democracy in South Asia: Issues and Trends
  • Rapidly Falling Fertility in Asia
  • Population Aging and the Generational Economy

The East-West Center seeks scholars of high accomplishment and promise whose research and presence will contribute creatively to the development of its research areas and to the Asia Pacific region. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants that have both strong conceptual background and demonstrated accomplishments in policy research, and to proposals that are innovative and suggest new ways of addressing the challenges that the region faces. Preference is given to applicants that have not previously held an East-West Center fellowship. Funds for these fellowships come from two sources. US government funds support scholars from the US as well as from Asian or Pacific countries. Funds are also available to support a limited number of scholars from other areas whose research focuses on the Asia Pacific. Fellowships are typically awarded for between two and five months and must be undertaken during the period October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. Visiting Fellowships are carried out at the EWC in Honolulu, Hawai’i. However, collaboration with EWC researchers before and after the Fellow’s stay in Honolulu is encouraged. Stipends vary with seniority and are individually determined. Non-Hawai`i residents may receive one round-trip economical airfare between their home base and Honolulu. Cost-sharing fellowships are welcome.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

Visiting Fellows may prepare a working paper addressing the themes outlined in the assigned projects or developed in his or her independent proposal. An abbreviated version of the working paper may be a candidate for publication in the Center’s Asia Pacific Issues series — a policy relevant peer-reviewed series with papers ranging in length from 3,200 to 4,200 words (10-12 double-spaced pages). The Center’s Editorial Committee will consider submissions. Visiting Fellows customarily provide a presentation on research activities and findings at a center-wide seminar at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of an Asian or Pacific country or of the United States.  Non-American award recipients must meet all Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa regulations.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following by July 31, 2010:

Applications should include:

Application form
A cover letter indicating the research theme or project for which the applicant is applying
Curriculum vitae
Names of three referees, including full name, title, address, telephone and fax number, and email address
Research proposal (no more than 12 double-spaced pages) including:

For those applying to conduct research on one of the selected research projects:

An explanation of the applicant’s interest in the selected theme and clarification of the particular issues she/he would like to examine under the aegis of the research project.

For those applying to carry out an independent research project:

A clear statement of the issue, question, or problem to be investigated; why the subject is important and how it relates to the East-West Center’s study area or project.

The research proposal should include the following:

  1. Issue, question, or problem to be investigated
  2. Why the subject is important and how it relates to the East-West Center’s mission and institutional objective
  3. A literature review of work that has been done on the selected issue, particularly details regarding the applicant’s own work in the selected theme
  4. Applicant’s proposed contribution during the fellowship
  5. Methodology to be employed, including hypotheses to be tested, data sources, and analytical techniques to be employed
  6. Product to be completed as a result of the fellowship, and intended audience for the product
  7. Applicant’s expertise in relation to the research to be carried out (e.g., highlights or past research and work experience that will aid applicant in conducting proposed research)
  8. Work plan for the proposed period in residence at the East-West Center

Applicants who can provide some of the cost of the fellowship should indicate what costs they are able to cover.

Applications should be sent to:

Director, Research Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96848-1601 USA
Fax: 1-808-944-7399
or by email to: fellowships@EastWestCenter.org

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1 Response to East-West Center Visiting Fellowships

  1. toranosuke says:

    Never noticed this post… guess maybe I wasn’t following you back in January? It’s not that long ago… I assume I would have been.

    Well, in any case, as a current East-West Center Student Affiliate, I’d be happy to answer any questions your readers may have. (Though, of course, one could also contact EWC directly, and get official answers. Everyone there is super nice, I promise, and super helpful if you email them.)

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