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Women, Peace, and Security 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:



  • 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;
  • Have regional knowledge of Pacific Island countries (specifically Fiji, PNG, and/or Vanuatu) or Southeast Asia;
  • Be proficient in English (verbal and written skills).

Desired attributes:

  • Have professional connections in the Pacific Islands or Southeast Asia.
  • Have 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 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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.

Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship
  • 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 [email protected] if you need any further information.

Current Nonresident Fellows:


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