The application period for the 2023 program has closed.

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 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. Please detail your plan for completing your research project within the three-month fellowship period.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or professor.