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James A. Kelly Korea Fellowship

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship Program will promote academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies by young Kelly Fellows.

It recognizes the exemplary efforts of Jim Kelly to improve US-ROK relations and encourage the DPRK to denuclearize and join the international community of nations

The overall objective of the fellowship is to promote stronger US-ROK, US-DPRK, and inter-Korean relations through a variety of Pacific Forum programs. The fellowship makes a deliberate effort to encourage the study of Korean economic and security issues, with particular focus on raising awareness among the next generation of scholars and officials in the US, ROK, and worldwide about the vital role the Korean Peninsula plays in regional and international affairs.

Kelly Fellows will develop their knowledge of Korean Peninsula issues through participation in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program, research under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff, and the continuing series of U.S.-ROK and broader tri-/multilateral forums.

Applications are currently closed for the Kelly Fellowship!

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open citizenship
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills)
  • For non-U.S. citizens, applicant must possess or be eligible for an extended stay visa

To apply for the Kelly Fellowship, please complete the Resident and/or Non-resident Kelly 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 Kelly 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 Kelly Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)​

Current Resident Fellows:

Dong-hyeon Kim (ROK) received his MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and BA in English Literature from Korea University in Seoul. Dong-hyeon is currently based in Cambridge, MA and coordinates research and operations of Korea Project at Belfer Center, Harvard University. Also, he is Boston Correspondent of JoongAng SUNDAY interviewing scholars and practitioners on the topic of Korean peninsula. His research interest is on the grand security architecture of DPRK: integrating cyber forces over nuclear and conventional forces. Dong-hyeon served in ROK military as a translator in G5 Future Ops, 2nd Infantry Division, USFK and worked at the President’s Office of the ROK.


Current Nonresident Fellows:

Elliot Silverberg (USA) is a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and a research assistant at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. He has nearly five years of experience in strategic advisory, government relations, journalism, the legal field, and think tanks across Tokyo and Washington. He has worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, The Asia Group, the Asia Pacific Initiative, and Hogan Lovells LLP. His academic and professional interests include American foreign policy, U.S.-Japan relations, East Asian security and trade dynamics, public diplomacy, change management, sustainable development, and emerging markets and technologies. He has published in Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, The National Interest, East Asia Forum, Real Clear Defense, The Straits Times, The Japan Times, and more.

Joshua Nezam (USA) is a 2020 Nuclear Security Fellow in the office of Senator Cory Gardner, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia. Previously, Joshua completed a Boren National Security Fellowship in Seoul and received advanced degrees in international affairs from both American University in Washington, D.C. and Korea University in Seoul. He also has experience working at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, U.S. Embassy Seoul, and the Asian Studies research program at The American Enterprise Institute.

Grace B. Kim (USA) is a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) and James A. Kelly Korea Nonresident Fellow at the Pacific Forum. She focuses on trends in future warfare, long-term military competition, and Asia-Pacific defense strategy and policy. Her previous experience includes time in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy, Treasury Department’s East Asia Office, Institute for the Study of War, and Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies. She was a Fulbright recipient in Turkey and spent four years in Istanbul researching NATO and U.S. policy in the Middle East. She received her M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her B.A. in Politics and Certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.