Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship

Applications are now closed for the WPS Fellowship. 

The Pacific Forum has a Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Fellowship opportunity for young academics and professionals to conduct research and support WPS programming in fields such as inclusive health security, cybersecurity, climate security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, preventing and countering violent extremism, and maritime security, with a focus on the promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at international levels in dialogues, policies, and peace processes.

The Pacific Forum typically seeks applications for two Resident WPS Fellows. Fellows have the opportunity to meet and learn from globally recognized academic, business, government, and military leaders and leading policy experts to help shape their thinking about the critical challenges and opportunities in WPS; and support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command WPS initiatives in the Indo-Pacific. Fellows will also connect with and build peer networks with counterparts from across the region. The full-time fellowship opportunity (6 months) will begin in September and Fellows will receive a monthly stipend to defray living expenses.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Applicants:

  • May be of any nationality.
  • Must meet the following professional criteria:
    • Have completed their undergraduate education AND
    • Have several years of experience in Indo-Pacific security issues and WPS, OR have completed or are completing their graduate education (master’s or doctoral) in these subjects
    • Regional knowledge of Pacific Island countries (specifically Fiji, PNG, and/or Vanuatu) or Southeast Asia
    • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).

Desired attributes:

  • Professional connections in the Pacific Islands or Southeast Asia.
  • Familiarity with the subjects of Health, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism, and/or Maritime Environmental Crimes.

Hybrid remote fellowship based on Hawaii hours (9 am-5pm HST Mon-Fri) may be considered.

To apply for the WPS Fellowship, please complete the WPS Fellowship online application form and include all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • A cover letter detailing interests, why the WPS Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development, and how the applicant can contribute to Pacific Forum’s WPS programming
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a WPS Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Contact programs@pacforum.org if you need any further information.

Current Nonresident Fellows:

Tevvi Bullock (AUS) is a PhD Candidate at Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Centre. Her research broadly covers gender, climate and security, the WPS agenda, humanitarian action, and men and masculinities. She was previously a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Resident Fellow at Pacific Forum, and a ‘21/’22 Women in International Security (WIIS) Gender, Peace and Security Next Generation Fellow. Tevvi is a ‘22 Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA) ‘Young Woman to Watch’, an inaugural Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) NextGen Leader, and a Pacific Forum Young Leader. She was previously a working group member on climate and environment in the Pacific with Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue (AP4D), and was a teaching assistant at the Australian National University. Fluent in German, she was awarded the Australian German Association & Goethe-Institut 2020 Research Fellowship. Tevvi has an upcoming chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Masculinities, Conflict and Peacebuilding (exp. pub. 2024), and has published short articles with the LSE Centre for WPS, Pacific Forum, and Inkstick. She holds an Advanced Master of Diplomacy (Australian National University), a Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security (Monash University), and a Bachelor of Global Studies (University of Technology Sydney).

 

Maryruth Belsey Priebe (CAN) is a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at Pacific Forum International, a Harvard International Relations graduate student, and the author of numerous articles. Using social science, feminist foreign policy perspectives/analyses/theories, and data analysis, her research focuses on the nexus of gender, climate change, and peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. Maryruth’s circular food economy policy work has been selected for inclusion in the OpenIDEO Food Systems Game Changers Lab, and she has held several research and fellowship positions focused on women’s leadership. She is also a member of Harvard’s Climate Leaders Program and the Research Network on Women, Peace and Security, and is a volunteer for multiple gender-climate causes. Maryruth tweets @greenwriting.

Previous WPS Fellows:

Jennifer Howe (UK) is a PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research examines the under-explored relationship between truth commissions and violent extremism, with a particular focus on the ongoing conflict in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. She is a committee member of the King’s-based initiative, Women in War and International Politics, and a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies. Prior to joining King’s, Jennifer worked as a resident Women, Peace and Security Fellow at the Pacific Forum. Her publications have investigated the impact of COVID-19 on conflict resolution and gender equality in Southeast Asia. She holds an M.A. in Politics and International Relations from Durham University, where she assessed the relationship between human rights compliance and transitional justice in East Asia.

 

Dr Maria Tanyag (PH) is a Fellow / Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. She was awarded her PhD from Monash University in 2018. Maria received first class honours for both her MA (Research) and BA Honours in Political Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and a BA in Political Science magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She was selected as one of the inaugural International Studies Association (ISA) Emerging Global South Scholars in 2019, and as resident Women, Peace and Security Fellow at Pacific Forum in 2021.