Fellowships and Internships

Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship

The NBR Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship aims to extend educational, professional, and mentorship opportunities to Black and brown students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of international affairs or Asia policy. Qualified applicants will be a freshman or sophomore in college with a legal authorization to work in the United States. Learn more.

Richard Ellings and Marta Korduba Research Fellowship Program

In honor of Dr. Richard Ellings’ 30 years of leadership of the National Bureau of Asian Research, NBR is establishing the Richard Ellings and Marta Korduba Research Fellowship Program. The program will be a twelve-month research and professional development program designed for current graduate and advanced undergraduate students whose degrees focus on issues of strategic importance to the United States in Asia. Learn more.

Chinese Language Fellowship Program

This nationwide initiative is designed to support American PhD students so that they can devote one year to intensive Chinese language training and improve their expertise and understanding. Learn more.

Gorton Leaders Program

The Gorton Leaders Program (GLP) offers ten-month fellowships to current undergraduate and graduate students whose degrees focus on international relations and U.S. policy to participate in monthly roundtables with foreign policy experts. The Slade Gorton Policy Center at NBR awards fellowships, plus a modest stipend, each year to a small class of fellows from universities in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more.

Henry M. Jackson Internship Program

Since 1989, NBR has been training and educating America’s future Asia specialists through practical work experience on projects seeking to inform U.S. policy toward Asia. Interns work in NBR’s Seattle or Washington, D.C., offices on research projects and institutional initiatives, providing a mix of research, editorial, and administrative assistance.

Through the generous support of The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, NBR’s internship program was established and continues to recruit the highest caliber students who have gone on to pursue careers in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors with a keen sense of how scholarship should inform policy—Senator Jackson’s legacy.

NBR offers full- and part-time internships for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent postgraduates. A can-do attitude, outstanding judgment, excellent research and writing skills, and knowledge of contemporary Asian affairs are required.

Current openings will be listed on our Careers page.

Fellowship Program

NBR on occasion hosts full- and part-time resident, non-resident, and visiting fellows. Fellows may come from the academic, business, or public policy sectors to conduct policy-relevant, independent research on contemporary issues affecting U.S.-Asia relations, and by invitation may occasionally contribute to NBR projects. NBR’s Fellowship Program aims to promote scholarly exchange and steep participants in NBR’s mission to bridge the gap between academic research and policy work. Contact [email protected] for more information.