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India Tech Policy (ITP) Fellowship

Opportunities and Fellowship

Open Call for India Tech Policy (ITP) Fellowship

The India Tech Policy (ITP) Fellowship seeks applicants for a 12-month non-resident policy fellowship focused on semiconductor technologies. Over 12 months, fellows will engage with research and analysis of the existing policy and legal frameworks impacting the semiconductor industry—their drawbacks and deficiencies—and offer policy recommendations (see application requirements for more details).

The fellowship is a project of the Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based foreign policy research institute focused on the Indo-Pacific. The Forum has a rich history of organizing fellowships for professionals in the foreign policy sphere. With the increasing interactions between foreign policy, technology, law and national security, this fellowship will address the emerging challenges at the nexus of these topics.

Fellows will work with global mentors and access ongoing opportunities for professional growth in advanced technologies. Fellows will perform in-depth, independent research on an aspect of semiconductors and receive mentorship from our policy experts.

Focus Area

The Indian policy and legal systems’ readiness to sustain research and development, protect sensitive technologies, and ensure semiconductor supply chain security and intellectual property rights protection.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Pacific Forum encourages policy professionals including technologists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, journalists and educators with an academic background in law or policy and a minimum 7 years’ experience pertaining to export controls, licensing, information technology, intellectual property rights, or high technology manufacturing (preferably in the semiconductor industry) to apply.


Fellows will be expected to produce a research report impacting the scholarly and public debate on the topic. Pacific Forum will favor applicants who demonstrate interest in:

  • Public-facing writing including op-eds and blog posts
  • Publicizing information on semiconductors via interviews with popular media
  • Convene meetings or discussions to capture diverse perspectives of all stakeholders
  • Writing white papers
  • Creating online resources for public consumption

Fellows are expected to commit between 10 to 15 hours a week toward fulfilling the fellowship deliverables.

Candidates with a background and interest in the study of critical and emerging technology, balancing technology promotion and security, accelerating technology adoption, supply chain security, trust and traceability as well as the development and implementation of legal frameworks will be viewed favorably.


Location and Time Commitment

Fellows are expected to work remotely for 11 months in India followed by a 1-month sponsored stay in the United States.

This is not a full-time opportunity and selected candidates may continue their ongoing professional activities without disruption.


Fellows will be paid a stipend in the range of INR 12 lakhs to 15 lakhs per annum for the 12-month commitment. Fellows are responsible for tax reporting on their stipends


Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email all documents to [email protected]

Please provide the following:
  • A current resume or C.V.
  • A personal statement that covers the following:
    • What is the research you propose to conduct during a fellowship year? Outline the methods, the problem and activities you would conduct.

Candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified by March 17, 2024.  Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Please direct all questions to Akhil Ramesh, Director of India Program at Pacific Forum [email protected]