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Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship

The Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship program is named after Pacific Forum founder, the late Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey and his wife Lilian.

The Vasey Fellowship affords promising scholars from outside the US the opportunity to serve as researchers at the Pacific Forum and to develop hands-on expertise on US-Asia policy issues and gain an appreciation of Indo-Pacific economic and security affairs and policymaking challenges.

Applications are open for the Non-resident Vasey Fellowship! Applications will be accepted September 1-October 31.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open to non-US citizens
  • 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)
  • Must be eligible for an extended stay in the US

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

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.


Current Resident Fellows:

Tom Corben (AUS) is a Research Assistant with the Foreign Policy and Defence division of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where he works primarily on US Indo-Pacific Strategy and strategic competition with China. Tom is also a Pacific Forum Young Leader, as well as the Indo-Pacific Fellow for Young Australians in International Affairs. More broadly, his research also covers Japanese and Korean politics and foreign policy, global nuclear power issues, and Australia’s own Indo-Pacific strategy. He has published articles on these and other topics with platforms including The Diplomat and the Australian Institute for Interational Affairs. Tom holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies and International Relations with Honours from the University of New South Wales.

Mark Bryan Manantan (PH) is the founder and strategic director of Bryman media, a social impact communications firm based in the Philippines. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Recently, he was a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington D.C., and at the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University in Tokyo, Japan under the U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship. Mr. Manantan’s research examines the intersection of International Relations, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. He obtained his Master of International Relations (Advanced) with Honours at the Australian National University and his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines.

Current Non-resident Fellows:

Dr. Asyura Salleh (BRN) is a Non-resident Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum and a Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. She is dedicated to pursuing research on maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in uncovering solutions to enhance information-sharing capabilities and inter-agency coordination. Dr. Asyura has also founded the Global Awareness and Impact Alliance, an initiative that addresses regional socio-economic grievances through thought development and community outreach. In her past professional experiences, Dr. Asyura has led the Asia research program on maritime security at the One Earth Future Foundation and has served at the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office. In addition to her Doctorate in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Dr. Asyura earned a Masters in War Studies from King’s College London and a Bachelors in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading.

Oddis Tsai (TW) is a Policy Analyst at the Division for National Defense Resources and Industries, the Institute of National Defense and Security Research. He receives his Master Degrees in both Diplomatic Studies and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. Oddis’ research topics cover the South Pacific region and defence industries.