NBR Summer Seminar 2022

June 20 - August 12, 2022

Event Details
Course Dates: June 20–August 12, 2022
(Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
Location: Seattle, WA
Tuition: Students: $1,000 | Professionals: $2,500
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2022


China poses an unprecedented challenge for the United States and the rules-based liberal international order. The challenge spans multiple dimensions from human rights, military, economics, and technology to global governance. To better understand China and formulate effective policy, the United States needs a new generation of experts and policymakers who possess a deep understanding of China’s challenge to the United States and how the United States can address this.

To train the next generation of Asia specialists, and as part of the Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship Program, NBR organizes the annual Summer Seminar. In 2021, a group of 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional participants examined and assessed prospects for the peaceful integration of China into the international system in a manner acceptable to the United States and other democracies. Learn more about the NBR Summer Seminar 2021.

The seminar term runs eight weeks, with two-hour meetings each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, there will be lectures by guest speakers from NBR’s network of experts. On Fridays, a teaching assistant will lead site visits to consulates, military bases, and other policy hubs in the greater Seattle area. Site visits allow participants to meet with practitioners and officials whose daily work impacts U.S. policy toward Asia.

Participants are given the option to present their research relating to Asia and to develop a policy memo. At the end of eight weeks, seminar participants offer their assessments of the China challenge and present unique policy options to seminar participants and guest speakers.


The application deadline for this position is May 22, 2022. To apply to participate in the NBR summer seminar, candidates must select one of the following two tracks, pay tuition, and submit the following listed materials.

Student track (Tuition $1,000):

The student track is designed for current undergraduates and graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in U.S. policy toward Asia.

Professional track (Tuition: $2,500):

The professional track is for early, mid-career, or retired professionals who wish to learn more about U.S. policy toward Asia. For tuition payment instructions, contact [email protected]

Application Components

Please provide the following through our application portal:

  • Resume (including contact information)
  • 1–2 paragraphs explaining why you are interested in the seminar, including any relevant background information.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.