Vasey Fellowship

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Resident Fellowship

Pacific Forum will select a candidate to be a resident fellow at the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu for three to 12 months, and is expected to be full time (35 hours per week). Applicants may choose to spend a semester, a summer, or up to twelve months as a Vasey Fellow depending upon the applicant’s interests and goals.  Pacific Forum can accommodate one Fellow at a time, and will select the individual based on the match of interests.  Pacific Forum will provide roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu and a modest cost-of-living stipend of $2,500 per month, but otherwise Fellows must be able to cover their own transportation costs and living expenses. Fellows will spend approximately 50-60 percent of the time on a self-directed research project (with guidance from Pacific Forum senior staff), which should culminate as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights working paper series or other publication outlet. The remainder of the time will be spent on research supporting Pacific Forum programs, activities, and senior staff research.

Duties and responsibilities of the Vasey Fellow

  • Conduct independent research aimed at producing a publishable research paper.
  • Assist and participate in Pacific Forum conferences and Hawaii-based workshops and seminars.
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Conduct research for senior staff on various economic, political, and security issues as may arise.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open to non-US citizens
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills)
  • Must be eligible for an extended stay in the US

Application Procedure:

Applications for the Vasey Fellowship are now open. Application Deadline is Nov. 16, 2018.
The application packet must include:

  • Vasey Fellowship application (Download Here)
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the Vasey 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 Vasey Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Applications should be sent via postal mail or e-mail to:
Attn: Vasey Fellowship Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
[email protected]

For all program inquiries, please contact Ariel Stenek at [email protected] +1(808) 521-6745.

Current Vasey Fellows:

Jeffrey Ordaniel received his PhD from the Security and International Studies Program of the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include the security strategies of secondary states, offshore territorial and maritime entitlement disputes, and the interplay of history, international law, domestic politics and security in East Asian affairs. He is also a recipient of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship and of the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Research Grant by Panasonic for his doctoral research on the South China Sea. As a 2016-2017 Vasey Fellow, his research is focused on developments in the Sino-Philippine relations and their implications for US Asia policy, and for the East Asian geopolitical and security environment. Some of his works have been published by the International Studies Review (ISR), The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and The National Interest.