FAQs

Frequently asked questions are answered below.


I am a PhD student. Can I still apply for this fellowship?

No, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s program in the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

I am an international student. Can I still apply for this fellowship?

No, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

I am a young professional who has graduated college or a master’s program in the last few years. Can I still apply for this fellowship?

No, applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s program in the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

I am a student at a university outside the United States. Can I still apply for the fellowship?

No, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s program in the United States to be eligible for the fellowship.

Can I defer my fellowship award?

No. Applicants selected as fellows cannot defer the fellowship. Applicants may reapply for the fellowship the following year.

How long should the research paper be that fellows submit by the end of the fellowship?

Fellows are expected to submit the final draft of an independent research paper that is roughly 7,000 to 10,000 words long by the end of the fellowship period.

What is the level of stipend NBR is providing for the fellowship?

Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend from mid-June to mid-August, plus an additional round-trip economy class airfare to/from Seattle.

Do research proposals have to be focused on any particular part of Asia?

Please submit a research proposal reflecting your preferred topic of interest that pertains to the Asia-Pacific region.

Does the academic supervisor have to be based at the same university as the fellow?

The academic supervisor who writes your recommendation letter will ideally be a professor who has taught you in class and knows you well.

NBR will assign each fellow a mentor whose research interests align with the research topic proposed. Your assigned mentor will guide your research throughout the fellowship along with NBR editors and other experts in the policy and international relations field.