“The Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs” Program

Fellowship Announcement: Graduate Students

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce “The Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs” fellowship for 2007-2008, a post-master's degree program that is cultivating a new generation of Asia affairs specialists committed to and capable of bridging the gap between the best scholarly research and the pressing needs of American foreign policy towards a rapidly changing Asia.

NBR invites recent master's and professional degree holders (e.g., MA, MBA, LLM, JD, etc.) to apply for a year-long fellowship at NBR’s headquarters in Seattle to collaborate with leading scholars to publish research, and to participate in the briefing of research findings to the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.

This one-year fellowship is designed to further the professional development of Asia specialists in the year just after the completion of their master's degree. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of Asia and an understanding of the U.S. foreign policymaking process through the following: conducting research under the guidance of an NBR program director; collaborating with senior scholars on academic publications; and traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the briefing of research findings to relevant constituents within the policy community.

The application deadline is January 15, 2007. Fellowships begin June 4, 2007 and conclude May 30, 2008.

Fellowship Director

Dr. Daniel B. Wright

Fellowship Program Associate

Sarah K. Snyder

Program Information

Fellowship Description

The Next Generation Fellowship will grant a one-year award to four fellows annually. Next Generation fellows will work on NBR program-based research projects and participate in the effective delivery of that research to the policy community. The four major components of the Next Generation Fellowship are:

Prior to taking up residence in Seattle, each new class of fellows will participate in a three-day orientation in Washington, D.C. These three days will include meetings with individuals in several branches of the U.S. government, including Congress, as well as with senior academics who have successfully bridged the scholarship-policy gap. Arranged by NBR’s Washington, D.C., office, “The Next Generation Leadership” orientation will immerse the fellows in the program’s vision, allow them to meet with American political and academic leaders, and provide opportunities for discussions between the fellows and the constituents of their forthcoming research.

At any given time, NBR’s eight program areas (see below) direct approximately thirty major research projects and programs involving 150 scholars at universities and research centers worldwide. Each fellow will be placed within the NBR program that matches his/her qualifications and research interests.

Once placed within a program, each fellow will collaborate with a senior scholar on an NBR-defined research project to produce at least one journal-quality publication. The fellow will have full-time research and project management responsibilities, serving as an associate rather than an assistant to the senior scholar. With the assistance of NBR’s Washington, D.C., office, which is dedicated to communicating research findings to the U.S. policymaking community, fellows will map the constituencies for their particular program. They will also participate in the briefing of research results for the relevant actors in the U.S. government, including Congress.

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Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit the following:

Please email the above materials to nextgen@nbr.org. Should you have any questions about the application process, please email Sarah Snyder, also at nextgen@nbr.org. All application materials including reference letters, must be received no later than January 15, 2007.

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Fellowship Eligibility

American citizenship or permanent residence status (by time of application deadline) is required. The applicant must have completed a master's degree by the time the fellowship begins. Individuals who have received their master’s degree diplomas up to twelve months prior to the application deadline may apply to the program. Prospective fellows should apply only for the year that they expect to participate. No deferrals are permitted.

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Fellowship Benefits

For each fellow, regardless of his or her career trajectory, the program will be an extraordinary opportunity. Fellows who go on to specialize in Asia scholarship will have been exposed to the policy relevance of research, just as those who choose a policy-related career will have been exposed to the importance of quality scholarship. Fellows who choose other career paths, whether in the private, nonprofit, or media sectors, will also have been exposed to the dynamic intersection of policy and scholarship.

One thing will hold true for all alumni of “The Next Generation Leadership” program: They will be young leaders, with life-long friendships, capable of making a significant difference in how the United States relates to Asia. Their exposure to the critical need of informing policy will shape their contributions as leaders and strengthen their impact in their various fields. Fellows will acquire or refine skills in:

Each fellow will receive a $30,000 fellowship award (with benefits), as well as travel and research-related expenses.


January 15, 2007 Applications due at nextgen@nbr.org
Jan.15–March 1 Applications reviewed and evaluated by NBR Program Committee and Selection Committee
March 14-15, 2007 Finalist Interviews
April 2, 2007 Awards made
June 4–6, 2007 Fellowship Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.
June 7–8, 2007 Travel to Seattle: Seattle Orientation and Work Commencement
May 30, 2008 Fellowship Concludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us at nextgen@nbr.org.

What kinds of research projects will I be working on?
Each NBR program area has an evolving research agenda that addresses a range of critical policy relevant issues. A sample of programmatic research topics drawn from NBR’s current work includes the following:

On the webpage it says that out of the three references, one must be from outside academia. Does that mean the other two must be from within academia?
At least one must be within academia, and at least one must be from outside of academia. Please limit the total number of references to three.

May I participate in the Next Generation program for less than the one-year period?
No. Fellows are required to commit to completing the full one-year program beginning June 4, 2007 and ending May 30, 2008.

May I seek additional employment during my time as a fellow at NBR in Seattle?
No. Fellows are expected to work full-time for NBR and are not permitted to obtain additional employment.

Is there a set deadline for publication? What happens if my article is not published before the end of the fellowship term?
The publication the fellow contributes to will be published according to the project’s normal production schedule. That may or may not occur during the fellowship term.

May I enroll in graduate classes during my time as a fellow at NBR in Seattle?
To ensure that selected fellows participate fully in their experience at NBR, fellows may not be enrolled in graduate classes during the fellowship period.

May I apply if my degree is anticipated during the fellowship year, but not yet awarded?
No. The degree must have been awarded by the time the fellowship commences. This is why individuals may apply to the program up to twelve months after receiving a master's degree.

Is this fellowship only for students who have a master's degree in international affairs?
NBR’s research programs span a breadth of geographic and functional areas. It is anticipated that this nationwide program will attract a similarly broad range of graduating master's degree students that range from international relations degrees to degrees in, for example, business, public health, and law. Most important is that the candidate “makes the case” in the application of how he/she would benefit from the fellowship experience.

Will NBR provide housing for my stay in Seattle?
No. Fellows will need to make their own housing arrangements.

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The Next Generation Leadership Advisory Board

The Next Generation Leadership Advisory Board comprises a select group of respected academics and policymakers who have demonstrated commitment and success in the practical work of bridging the academic and policy worlds. The board will provide inspirational leadership to the program and meet individually, as possible, with program fellows in Washington, D.C. to share their vision for the need to strengthen the development of a cohort of young Americans with expertise on Asia.

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2006–2007 "Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs" Fellows

Tim Cook, University of Washington (Center for Asian Security Studies): Tim Cook will be joining NBR as a fellow in the Center for Asian Security Studies. He is a graduate from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, with a Master of Arts in International Studies, where he focused on China studies. Prior to his graduate work, Tim spent two years with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. He also has experience teaching English in Gansu and Ningxia, China with the World Trade Centers Association. Tim speaks Mandarin Chinese.

John Graham, University of Michigan (NE Asia Program): With a masters in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan and a masters in trombone from the Juilliard School, John focuses on economics and law within the Chinese context. Before turning his full attention to Chinese studies, John had a successful career as an orchestral trombonist. He is also the founder of Digital Resolutions, a company that provides outsourced web development services to global clientele. Subsequent to completion of the Next Generation Fellowship, John will begin legal studies at the University of Michigan Law School. John has lived and worked in Taiwan and Shanghai, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Teresa M. Reimers, Ohio University (SE Asia Program):Teresa Reimers is joining NBR's Southeast Asia program after a year in Indonesia as a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Graduate Research Fellow. Graduating form Ohio University's Center for International Studies Communication and Development program, Teresa focuses on political communication and knowledge flows. Teresa grew up in a small town in Austria, volunteered for a non-profit in the southern Philippines, worked with the UN mission in Kosovo, and monitored elections in Indonesia with the Carter Center. She organized the first international Kosovo investment conferences, developed programs and communications strategies for non-profits and government agencies, and recently has been researching how intermediary organizations influence the process of policy-making in Indonesia. Teresa speaks Indonesian, Cebuano, German and a smattering of Lithuanian colloquialisms.

M. Anne Yu, Georgetown University (Center for Health and Aging): Anne received her Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University. With research experience in ecology, bacteriology, and epidemiology, Anne will be joining NBR’s Center for Health and Aging. She has completed an internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Homeland Security Program, and volunteered at a two- year faith-based, non-profit program. Anne has published work and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She received her B.S. in molecular biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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