Fellowship Components


The one-year fellowship will usually begin in August, with an orientation and research planning meeting at NBR’s Seattle office for the fellows to learn about the institution and to develop a research plan with their assigned mentors. Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on universities and significant uncertainties about the 2020–21 academic year, the 2020–21 class of fellows will begin an eight-month fellowship from January 2021 with a virtual orientation via Webex.


Following the research planning meeting, the fellows will return to and remain at their home university during the academic year, conducting independent research (above and beyond the requirements of their regular course schedule) on their chosen research topic, under guidance from their assigned mentors and NBR editors. Throughout the nine months, the fellows will receive a modest research stipend as well as periodic feedback on their papers from their mentors. Fellows will also have brief bi-monthly check-in meetings with Dr. Ellings to answer any questions that arise during the research process. (The 2020–21 class of fellows will conduct research from January–May).


In the summer, the Ellings-Korduba Fellows will become junior fellows in residence at NBR’s Seattle office, and will participate in an intensive summer seminar led by Richard Ellings and guest speakers. Fellows will participate in seminars, draft policy memos, conduct site visits, and attend external meetings to learn more about the multiple dimensions of U.S. foreign policy in Asia. At the end of their summer program, the fellows will hold a roundtable to present their research findings to NBR staff and select guests from the policy, academic, and business community. Dr. Ellings will review the fellows’ final papers and award a $1,000 prize to the fellow with the strongest research paper in the cohort.