Fellowship Components


This intensive, three-month fellowship will begin in June, 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.


Following the research planning meeting, the fellows will begin conducting independent research on their chosen research topic, under guidance from their assigned mentors and NBR editors. The fellows will receive periodic feedback on their papers from their mentors, take part in relevant NBR events, and participate in professional development workshops at NBR, in addition to brief, regular check-in meetings with experts and NBR editors to answer any questions that arise during the research process.


The Ellings-Korduba Fellows will participate in an intensive summer seminar led by experts in the policy and international relations field. 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. A panel of experts will review the fellows’ final papers and award a $1,000 prize to the fellow with the strongest research paper in the cohort.