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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.

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:

Mark Bryan Manantan (PH) is a resident Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum. His research examines the intersection of International Relations, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies in the context of the US-Japan alliance in the Indo-Pacific, Japan-Australia cyber diplomacy, and China’s information warfare and cyber coercion. Concurrently, he is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Rule-making Strategies at Tama University in Tokyo, and the East-West Center in Washington D.C., under the US-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship. Prior to that, he was the recipient of the Japan Foundation’s Asia Fellowship 2020 and the Taiwan Research Fellowship in 2019. Aside from conducting policy-relevant research, Mr. Manantan is the Founder and strategic director of Bryman media, a social impact communications and consultancy firm based in the Philippines. 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:

Dr Adam Bartley (AUS) is a Non-resident Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum and lecturer based at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has a PhD in international relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he was a research specialist in U.S. foreign policy and regional Indo-Pacific security. He has lived previously in China and has travelled extensively in Asia and the United States. He is the author of two manuscripts examining U.S. foreign policy and China entitled: Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963: Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth and US Foreign Policy and China: Security Challenges During the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations. Dr Bartley’s current research examines the intersection of geoeconomics and security in the Indo-Pacific amid the rise in gray-zone warfare.


Jonathan Bentham (UK) is a Non-resident Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum, and a Research Analyst with the Defence and Military Analysis Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he works on the maritime domain. He is interested in observing the impact of the UK’s ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’ on maritime security within the region, with a particular focus on the British Royal Navy. Jonathan previously served in the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College, where he trained to be a Warfare Officer. He holds an MA in Security from Loughborough University and a BA in Oriental Studies from Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He grew up in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and Chile.


Dr. Tobias Burgers (NLD) is a project assistant professor at the Cyber Civilization Research Center, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. His primary research interests focus on cyber conflict, the governance of (new and emerging) technologies, and international security relations in the Indo-Pacific. His current research project – a Silent Spring for Cybersecurity – focuses on understanding the societal impact of cyber conflict and its consequences and implications for East Asian security dynamics. He was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at the Keio Global Research Institute, Keio University, and a Taiwan Fellow at the Center for Security Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Before this, he worked at the Berlin N.G.O. Crisis Simulation for Peace, developing conflict simulation scenarios. He holds a Doctorate in Political Science and Diplom from the Otto Suhr Institute, Free University Berlin.


Tom Connolly (AUS) is a current MA student at King’s College London based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a long-standing interest in security and terrorism and the importance of multilateral institutions. He graduated his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 2017, with a double major of history and politics. Tom later received a bursary to undertake a summer intensive at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, which examined the evolution and ideological discourse of contemporary Islamist movements. Following this, Tom undertook language study in Cairo and currently sits as a Risk Analyst at Australian-based Foreign Brief. 


Dr. Sascha Lohmann (DEU) is an Associate at the Americas Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Previously, he was Fritz Thyssen Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Transatlantic Research Fellow at the Institute for European Integration, University of Hamburg/Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation, as well as American-German Situation Room Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States/American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His current research focuses on U.S. export control policy on emerging and foundational technologies vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China, and its multilateralization through cooperation by U.S. allies in Europe and Asia. A political scientist by training, he graduated with a diploma from Free University Berlin, and completed a PhD at Goethe University Frankfurt.


Akhil Ramesh (IND) holds an M.S. with a concentration in global macroeconomics from New York University in New York, a Certificate in Business and Geopolitics from HEC Paris, France and a BBA from Amity University, India. He has worked with risk consulting firms, think tanks and in the blockchain industry in the United States, India and in the Philippines. Most recently, he worked with the EastWest Institute based out of New York City, as a Project Coordinator and Lead of the Institute’s mapping project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With research interests at the nexus of geoeconomics and security policy, he is currently working on a number of projects related to infrastructure development in Asia, supply chains, grand strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and the Belt and Road Initiative. His analysis has been widely published across global journals such as The National Interest, The Diplomat, Asia Times and the Jerusalem Post.