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 currently be 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 the fellows choose just the residence or the non-resident portion of the fellowship?

No, fellows must participate in both the non-resident and resident portion of the fellowship from January 2021 to August 2021.

Can I defer my fellowship award?

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

Will the summer resident portion of the fellowship be held virtually?

We have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and will decide on whether to hold the summer 2021 portion of the fellowship in person or virtually.

How many fellows will be selected for the inaugural class of Ellings-Korduba fellows?

We expect to select two or three fellows for the 2021 class of the Ellings-Korduba Fellowship.

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 8,000 words long in the second week of August 2021.

What is the level of stipend NBR is providing for the non-residence portion and the residence portion of the fellowship?

Fellows will receive a $500 monthly research stipend from January to June 2021. The summer stipend from mid-June to mid-August is $5,000, 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 Dr. Ellings.