Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship

Pacific Forum offers a Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Fellowship for young professionals to conduct research and analysis in key country and thematic priority areas related to women’s rights, and the promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at international levels in dialogues, policies, and peace processes.

Applications are closed for the WPS Fellowship.

Duties and Responsibilities of the WPS Fellow

The resident fellow will work on a mutually agreed upon research projects and other program tasks dealing with women, peace, and security under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate. The fellow will write at least one research paper of quality to be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights, or other publication source, by the completion of the fellowship period. The ideal candidate will also have an excellent record on developing and managing programs on women, peace, and security. The position involves participation in conferences, interaction with US and foreign officials and experts, and travel to Asia, the US mainland, and beyond (conditions permitting). Other duties include assisting Pacific Forum senior staff and supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command WPS initiatives within the Indo-Pacific. The resident fellowship will begin in April 2021 and run until the end of September 2021.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be of any nationality. Priority will be given to those from Southeast Asia with a background in WPS and/or gender studies
  • Have completed their undergraduate education and
    • Have several years of experience in Indo-Pacific security issues, or
    • Has completed or is completing their graduate education (master’s or doctoral)
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).

To apply for the WPS Fellowship, please complete the Resident 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 and why the WPS Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a WPS Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Apply for the Resident WPS Fellowship here: https://bit.ly/3qUgye1

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

Important Notice: Pacific Forum is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following the latest guidance from the Office of the Mayor, City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii emergency order currently in effect. We anticipate the Resident WPS Fellowship to be a hybrid program with a virtual start and possibility of conversion to an in-person resident fellowship at Pacific Forum offices in Honolulu if and when conditions permit.

Current Nonresident Fellows:

Tevvi Bullock (AUS) holds a Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) from the Australian National University, with a Master thesis focused on gender, Pacific Islands countries and climate diplomacy, a Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Global Studies from the University of Technology Sydney.  Her research interests span the gender, peace and security field, and she is currently focused on the nexus between climate change, conflict and gender-based violence, as well as women’s participation and leadership within the realms of international and environmental security.  Tevvi is a Pacific Forum Young Leader, and has worked at the Australian National University as research officer and academic tutor, and as college liaison officer on a project promoting gender-inclusive education.  Fluent in German, she was awarded the Australian German Association & Goethe-Institut 2020 Research Fellowship, and was previously an intern at the Delegation of the European Union to Australia.  She hopes to embark upon a PhD in the field of gender, peace and security studies.

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.