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The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship Program offers intensive, three-month fellowships during the summer to current graduate 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, to a small class of fellows each year from universities across the United States. Fellows will spend the summer conducting independent research under the guidance of experts and NBR editors, as well as developing a policy memo they will present to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business communities.

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, to advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia in the United States, and to build stronger bridges between academia and the policy community.

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.
  • Be willing to relocate to Seattle for the duration of the fellowship period (June to August), attend the NBR Summer Seminar, and take part in other NBR events and professional development activities.

Application Requirements

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

  • A rĂ©sume or CV (1-2 pages maximum).
  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the fellowship, including academic and professional goals (1-2 pages maximum).
  • An independent research proposal outlining a topic, why the topic is critical to U.S. policy in Asia, a timeline for completing the project within the three-month fellowship period, and tentative list of sources/bibliography (5 pages maximum).
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or professor.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact [email protected].