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Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship

Pacific Forum offers a Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Fellowship for young professionals to conduct research and analysis in key country and thematic priority areas related to women’s rights, and the promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at international levels in dialogues, policies, and peace processes.

Applications are closed for the WPS Fellowship.

Duties and Responsibilities of the WPS Fellow

The resident fellow will work on a mutually agreed upon research projects and other program tasks dealing with women, peace, and security under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate. The fellow will write at least one research paper 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 women, peace, and security. The position involves participation in conferences, interaction with US and foreign officials and experts, and travel to Asia, the US mainland, and beyond (conditions permitting). Other duties include assisting Pacific Forum senior staff and supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command WPS initiatives within the Indo-Pacific. The resident fellowship will begin in April 2021 and run until the end of September 2021.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be of any nationality. Priority will be given to those from Southeast Asia with a background in WPS and/or gender studies
  • 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).

To apply for the WPS Fellowship, please complete the Resident WPS 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 WPS 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 WPS Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

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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. We anticipate the Resident WPS Fellowship to be a hybrid program with a virtual start and possibility of conversion to an in-person resident fellowship at Pacific Forum offices in Honolulu if and when conditions permit.

Current Resident Fellows:

Tevvi Bullock (AUS) holds a Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) from the Australian National University, with a Master thesis focused on gender, Pacific Islands countries and climate diplomacy, a Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Global Studies from the University of Technology Sydney.  Her research interests span the gender, peace and security field, and she is currently focused on the nexus between climate change, conflict and gender-based violence, as well as women’s participation and leadership within the realms of international and environmental security.  Tevvi is a Pacific Forum Young Leader, and has worked at the Australian National University as research officer and academic tutor, and as college liaison officer on a project promoting gender-inclusive education.  Fluent in German, she was awarded the Australian German Association & Goethe-Institut 2020 Research Fellowship, and was previously an intern at the Delegation of the European Union to Australia.  She hopes to embark upon a PhD in the field of gender, peace and security studies.


Jennifer Howe (UK) is a resident Women, Peace and Security Fellow at Pacific Forum. Jennifer holds an M.A. in Politics and International Relations from Durham University in the UK, where she analyzed the relationship between human rights compliance and transitional justice in East Asia. During her undergraduate studies, Jennifer worked on behalf of Durham University for a number of charities across the Indo-Pacific in order to forge connections between students and the region. Her current research explores the intersection of gender and violent extremism in Southeast Asia, regional progress towards implementing UNSCR 1325, and gender mainstreaming in transitional justice. Her publications have examined the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic for conflict resolution and gender equality in Southeast Asia. She has also co-authored an article on how the Biden administration could contribute to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the Indo-Pacific. In Fall 2021, Jennifer will commence her doctoral studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her Ph.D. will investigate the under-explored relationship between transitional justice and violent extremism, with a particular focus on the ongoing conflict in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.


Dr Maria Tanyag (PH) is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Her research agenda broadly seeks to understand gendered insecurities, contestations and transformations in a global context of multiple and intersecting crises – from COVID-19 to climate change. She considers Asia and the Pacific as a critical starting point for examining how historical and present forms of multiple crises interplay. Her most recent publications are: “Sexual Health and World Peace” in the Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research, “A Feminist Call to Be Radical: Linking Women’s Health and Planetary Health” in the journal, Politics & Gender, and “How Feminist Research will Help Solve the Climate Crisis” (available in Spanish). In 2020, Maria was one of the contributing authors to the global report on Gender, Climate and Security: Sustaining inclusive peace on the frontlines of climate change published by UNEP, UN Women, UN DPPA, and UNDP. Twitter: @maria_tanyag. For a full list of publications see: ResearchGate.