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WSD-Handa Fellowship

Through the generosity of the Worldwide Support for Development and Dr. Handa Haruhisha, Pacific Forum has established the WSD-Handa Fellowship Program.

This fellowship offers both resident and nonresident fellowships to increase East Asian, US and European participation in Pacific Forum programs. WSD-Handa Fellows should already have some knowledge of East Asian security and economic developments and should use this fellowship as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look into these issues and offer solutions for improvement.

Applications are currently open for the Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellowship! Applications will be accepted September 1-October 31.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Applicants may be of North American, European, or Southeast Asian nationality. Priority will be given to those from lesser-developed Southeast Asian nations including Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam.
  • 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).
  • For non-U.S. citizens, applicant must possess or be eligible for an extended stay visa.

To apply for the Handa Fellowship, please complete the Resident or Nonresident WSD-Handa 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 WSD-Handa 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 WSD-Handa Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Current Resident Fellows:

Eugenio Benincasa (ITL) holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where he focused on International Security Policy, and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from LUISS University in Rome, Italy. During his B.A., he also took part to a one-semester exchange program at Sciences Po University in Paris, France. Eugenio worked as a Crime Analyst at the New York Police Department and contributed to shaping the initial defense and security policy of Volt Europa, a new pan-European political movement. He also completed internships at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Morgan Stanley’s Financial Crimes Unit and at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. His research interests include the role of regional organizations in strengthening cybersecurity. He is fluent in Italian (native), English, French and Spanish.

Current Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellows:

Howard Wang (USA) is a Doctor of International Affairs (DIA) candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is broadly interested in East Asian security architecture, and his analysis has been published in China Brief, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and The Georgetown Security Studies Review. Howard received his MPP from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and his BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University.

Lincoln Hines (USA) is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University. His dissertation examines patterns in the evolution of China’s space program, and the role of status concerns in driving Chinese space policy. Previously, he worked at the National Bureau of Asian Research, and was a David L. Boren National Security Fellow in Beijing, China. He has an MA from the American University School of International Service, and a BA from the University of Virginia. His research interests focus on the Chinese space policy, prestige, nationalism, and technology in Chinese security and foreign policy.

Patrick Dupont (AUS) is a serving member of the Australian Army. He is currently completing a Master of Security and Strategic Studies from Macquarie University. Previously, Patrick was a Nonresident Indo-Pacific Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs, where he produced articles on China’s regional interests and broader political developments in the Indo-Pacific. Patrick is a keen language learner, with varying degrees of proficiency in Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian and Korean.