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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 currently closed. 

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.


Current Resident Fellows:

Mark Bryan Manantan (PH) is the resident Vasey fellow at Pacific Forum, Hawai’i and the AI research and policy consultant at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington D.C. Concurrently he is also a research fellow at the AI Asia Pacific Institute in Singapore and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Prior to that, he also held visiting fellowships at the Center for Rule-Making Strategies, Tama University; the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, and the East-West Center in Washington D.C. His current research examines the nexus of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and critical technologies in the Indo-Pacific. Mr. Manantan’s research and policy-relevant work has been published by the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the Cyber Defense Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Issues and Studies, the East Asia Forum, the Diplomat, the Asia Pacific Bulletin, and the Philippine Star. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in Broadcast Communication under the Presidential Scholarship at the University of the Philippines. A recipient of the Australia Awards Scholarship, he also holds a Master of International Relations (Advanced) with Honours from the Australian National University.

Current Non-resident Fellows:

Philip Citowicki (AUS) is the Executive Officer of the Space Industry of Australia (SIAA), the peak industry body for Australia’s space industry. He is a former federal government adviser to former Australian Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop and he was previously the aide Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London. In these positions Philip has undertaken a broad range of political and policy responsibilities and has seen him establish deep connections with think-tanks and government bodies globally. He has featured on TV and print in Australia, the U.S. and UK on foreign policy and government affairs. Philip is also in the Australian Army Reserve.


Florence Queen Principe Gamboa (PH) is a Non-resident Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum. She is currently the Managing Editor and Coordinator of the Philippine Strategic Forum and a Senior Research Associate at Amador Research Services. She previously served as a research analyst and coordinator for Publications and Track Two exchanges at Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress. Her research interests include major power relations, maritime security, regional alliances, and directions of Philippine Foreign Policy. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in International Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman.


Astha Chadha (IND) is a Japanese Government MEXT PhD scholar at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and a researcher at the university’s Center for Democracy Promotion. She is a part-time lecturer at Beppu Mizobe Gakuen College, Japan. She holds MSc in International Relations (Ritsumeikan APU), MA in Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and BA (Hons) in Economics (University of Delhi). Her research is focused on India-Japan relations, role of religion in international relations, security and defense analyses of regional powers in the Indo-Pacific, South Asian rivalries, and conflict resolution etc. She has previously published in Global Affairs, International Journal of Religion, Contemporary Japan, South Asian Popular Culture, Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, International Social Science Review and has contributed to The Diplomat, Khabarhub, Kootneeti etc.


Junyang Hu (PRC) is a graduate student at the Committee of International Relations, University of Chicago. Previously, he was a research fellow at Intellisia Institute – a leading independent think tank specialized in US-China relations and A I strategy, where he assesses the broad challenges that have arisen across the Asia-Pacific since China’s rise, with a particular concentration on US strategy and its presence in the area, alongside the U.S.-China competition for technological and security supremacy. His works have been featured in International Affairs, The Diplomat, CHINA-US Focus and Oxford Political Review, among other publications. He has also worked at Center for Political- Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (China), and Center for Global Studies at Tsinghua University. Junyang holds MSc in Security Studies from University College London (UCL).


Giuseppe Paparella (ITY) is the inaugural Post-Doctoral Fellow in Security and Foreign Policy at the Global Research Institute, College of William and Mary. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS), George Washington University, and a Lecturer in Modern American History at the University of Exeter (UK). Giuseppe obtained a PhD in Security Studies from King’s College London in 2021. His research agenda is concerned with the socio-psychological dimensions of American diplomacy and statecraft in the Asia-Pacific. He is also interested in studying the relationship between nationalism and foreign policy, and in the application of historical knowledge to illuminate current challenges and policy choices. Giuseppe’s work has been published in several outlets, including The International History Review, National Identities, Diplomacy and Statecraft, The Strategy Bridge, Defence-in-Depth, The Imperial & Global Forum, and The International Spectator. More details and info on Giuseppe’s profile and research can be found at


Angela Min Yi Hou (CAN) is a policy analyst working in the Government of Canada. She works on Targeted Regulatory Reviews at the Treasury Board Secretariat as a participant in the Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP). She recently completed her Masters in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, with specializations in trade and environment. Prior to this, Angela graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a double major in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies. Angela has a Chinese- Canadian background with roots in Shanghai and Toronto.