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Fellowships

Overview

Pacific Forum has five fellowship programs which each offer both resident and non-resident fellowships.

Pacific Forum has hosted over 100 resident fellows from 21 countries world-wide since 2002. Pacific Forum’s fellowship programs offer promising scholars and young professionals the opportunity to serve as researchers with Pacific Forum and develop hands-on expertise on Indo-Pacific policy issues. Resident fellows are based in Hawaii to conduct research under the mentorship of Pacific Forum staff and to help with ongoing projects and programs. Non-resident fellows conduct research from their home country under the mentorship of Pacific Forum staff and affiliates. Both resident and non-resident fellows are inducted into Pacific Forum’s flagship next-generation initiative, the Young Leaders Program, and have the opportunity to attend Pacific Forum conferences in Hawaii and the region.

Open for Application

Applications are currently open for the Hybrid Resident Kelly Fellowship and Non-resident Vasey, Kelly, and WSD-Handa Fellowships! Applications will be accepted September 1–October 31.

Legacy Fellowships

Currently, Pacific Forum maintains three “Legacy Fellowship” programs: the Vasey Fellowship, James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship, and the WSD-Handa Fellowship. Applications for Legacy Fellowships are due on April 30 (for fall/winter fellowships) and October 31 (for spring/summer fellowships). Resident fellowships are six months in duration, and start Jan. 1 or July 1, although extensions may be possible based on the fellow’s performance and other considerations. Non-resident fellowships must be completed within one year and run January 1–December 31 or July 1–June 30 of every year.

Partner-sponsored Fellowships

Pacific Forum offers two “Partner-sponsored Fellowship” programs: the Korea Foundation Fellowship and the Nonproliferation Fellowship. Please see individual Partner-sponsored Fellowship pages for their deadlines.

Fellowship Duties

Both resident and non-resident fellows complete a self-directed research project culminating as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights working paper series or other external journals.

Resident Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct independent research to produce a publishable research paper by end of fellowship term.
  • Assist and participate in Pacific Forum conferences and Hawaii-based workshops and seminars.
  • Actively participate in Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program (if 35 years of age or younger).
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Conduct research for senior staff on various economic, political, and security issues.

Non-resident Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct independent research to produce a publishable research paper by end of fellowship term.
  • Actively participate in Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program (if 35 years of age or younger).
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Attend Pacific Forum conferences.

For any questions or concerns about Pacific Forum fellowship programs, please contact programs@pacforum.org.