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 is 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. The program would award fellowships, plus a modest stipend for a summer program, to a small class of fellows each year, from multiple academic disciplines and from universities across the United States.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

NBR will open the fellowship application process on June 1, 2020. Completed applications will be due on September 15, 2020. A selection committee will review applications in September–October 2020, with awards for the first class of fellows announced on November 1, 2020.

ORIENTATION AND PLANNING MEETING

The one-year fellowship will begin in November 2020, with the fellows participating in an orientation and research planning meeting at NBR to learn about the institution and to plan their research with assigned mentors.

RESEARCH AND MENTORSHIP (NONRESIDENT)

Following the research planning meeting, the fellows will return to and remain at their home university during the 2020–21 academic year, conducting additional research (above and beyond the requirements of their regular classes) on their chosen research topic, under guidance from their mentor.

SUMMER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (RESIDENT)

In the summer of 2021, the Ellings-Korduba Fellows will become fellows in residence and will finalize their research papers while working from NBR’s Seattle office. During this period of the fellowship, the fellows will participate in a series of seminars and colloquia led by Richard Ellings and other NBR experts. At the end of their summer program, the fellows will hold a roundtable to present their preliminary research findings to NBR staff and select guests from the policy and academic community.