Application

The Ellings-Korduba Fellowship Program offers twelve-month* fellowships to current master’s level and advanced undergraduate students whose degrees focus on issues of strategic importance to the United States in Asia. The National Bureau of Asian Research will award fellowships, plus a stipend for a summer program, to a small class of fellows each year from universities across the United States.

The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship aims to cultivate a generation of future policymakers and scholars with a deep understanding of critical strategic issues in Asia (and Russia in Asia) and the challenges to international leadership today, including the salient lessons of history. The fellowship aims to reinvigorate and advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia in the United States, and to build stronger bridges between academia and the policy community.

*Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, NBR will offer an eight-month fellowship for the 2021–22 class of fellows.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Ellings-Korduba Fellowship will:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student with a focus on Asia and policy.
  • Desire to advance public policy toward Asia through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to policy-relevant scholarly research.

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website:

  • A two-page summary resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the fellowship and how this fellowship program will contribute to your studies and future career plans.
  • A two-page independent research proposal outlining a topic for research, why the topic is critical to U.S. policy, and methodology as well as sources.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • A letter of recommendation letter from an academic supervisor*

*Given the application deadline, if you are unable to submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor please include the contact information from a supervisor who can provide a verbal reference.

The application for the 2021 Ellings Korduba Fellowship is now open. The deadline for applications is December 13 at 11:59 PM (PST).
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