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Nonproliferation Fellowship

Pacific Forum offers a Nonproliferation Fellowship for young professionals to conduct research and analysis in the area of nonproliferation, nuclear security, and other related topics. This fellowship offers both resident and non-resident positions. Priority will be given to fellows from Myanmar, although we will consider applications from other Southeast Asian nationals.

The Nonproliferation Fellowship is currently closed for application.

Duties and responsibilities of the Resident Nonproliferation Fellow

The resident fellow will work on a mutually agreed upon research project dealing with nonproliferation under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate. The research paper must be of quality to be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights, or other publication source, by the completion of the fellowship period. The ideal candidate will also have an excellent record on developing and managing programs on nonproliferation. The position involves participation in conferences, interaction with US and foreign officials and experts, and extensive travel to Asia, the US mainland, and beyond. Other duties include assisting Pacific Forum senior staff. The fellowship will run for up to one year.

Duties and responsibilities of the Non-Resident Nonproliferation Fellow

The non-resident fellowship is offered to young professionals from Myanmar to conduct directed research on nonproliferation in cooperation with local Myanmar institutes such as the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (M-ISIS). The fellowship will run for six months with the possibility of extension or future employment based on performance and ability. The non-resident fellows will work on a mutually agreed upon research project dealing with nonproliferation under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff and their Myanmar institute’s senior staff. The non-resident fellows’ research projects should culminate as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights series or other publication outlet. The ideal candidate will also have an excellent record on developing and managing programs on nonproliferation; and will assist with the development of the next generation of nonproliferation specialists.

Non-resident fellowship candidates will be jointly selected by Pacific Forum and their local institute and will work in Myanmar. Pacific Forum will provide a modest stipend and will also cover any travel associated with the Fellowship or with the Fellows’ participation in Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program. The position involves participation in conferences, interaction with US and foreign officials and experts, and extensive travel to Asia, the US mainland, and beyond. Other duties include assisting their local institute’s senior staff. Our Myanmar counterpart will receive a monthly stipend to be used to compensate the Fellow and to cover local administrative support expenses.

To apply for the Nonproliferation Fellowship, please complete the Resident or Non-resident Nonproliferation 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 research interests and why the Nonproliferation Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Research proposal, outlining what nonproliferation-related question you plan to research and what your expected outcomes will be (Abstract max. 250 words, proposal max. 1,500 words)

Current Resident Fellow:

Shwe Yee Oo (MMR) is a Non-Proliferation Research Fellow at Pacific Forum who accomplished her master studies in Public Policy (Energy, Resources and Sustainable Development) at Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris). She is also a young researcher of Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) in Yangon. Graduated from Yangon University of Foreign Languages in 2011, she continued her post-graduate studies in social work and political science until 2016. At the same time, she worked at Institut Français de Birmanie, Co-opération culturelle de l’Ambassade de France, in Myanmar from 2013 to 2017. Picking up her student life again, she started her master studies in September 2017. While doing her studies in Paris, Shwe contributed her efforts in data verification on Myanmar’s export restrictions as an external consultant at OECD Headquarter. Meanwhile, Shwe is not only participating in Pacific Forum Resident Fellowship Program but also helping, as an advisor, Burmese young people who want to do further studies abroad or higher studies in local universities.


Current Nonresident Fellows:

Younn Shwe Sin Htay (MMR) received a bachelor degree at the University of Yangon with specialization in Political Science in 2019. She is a former delegate of Myanmar in the Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative. During her university life, she has experience as a research assistant in the cooperative research program of the University of Yangon and Australian National University. She also served as a former member of the University of Yangon Open Political Society. Currently, she is working as a research intern at the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies by doing research and assisting in dialogues, meetings and events. Her research interests include peace and security studies, cybersecurity and digital economy, national security and human security, identity politics in the Asia-Pacific region, global politics, international political economy, rural development, democracy and civil-military relations.

Aung Zin Phyo Thein (MMR) finished his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Durham University and undertook graduate studies in public policy at the University of Nottingham. He has served as a Research Associate for the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies since 2015, conducting research across a range of domestic and foreign affairs issues, most notably in ASEAN reform and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), where his writings have appeared in local and regional publications. His experience also includes stints at non-governmental organizations in Myanmar and Thailand, coupled with a selection as Myanmar’s representative at the Asia Pacific Young Scholars Workshop. Aung Zin’s research interests are in the BRI in Myanmar, China-Myanmar relations, regional security issues, Myanmar politics and reputation risk management. He also has a keen interest in design thinking and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).