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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 open for the WPS Fellowship. Applications are due by March 15, 2021. 

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)

Apply for the Resident WPS Fellowship here:

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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:

Jennifer Howe joined Pacific Forum upon graduating from Durham University in the UK with an MA in Politics & International Relations. During her Master’s she focused on democracy, human rights and transitional justice within the Asia-Pacific. She is currently applying for a Ph.D. for which she wishes to assess truth commissions as a tool for countering violent extremism and peacebuilding in Southeast Asia. She has worked on behalf of Durham University for a number of charities across the Asia-Pacific in order to build ties between students and the region.