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. Through the program, NBR will 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.




NBR is carefully monitoring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on universities and their plans for the 2020–21 academic year, and currently plans to open the fellowship application process on October 1, 2020. Completed applications will be due on November 22, 2020. A selection committee will review applications in November–December 2020, with awards for the first class of fellows announced on December 15, 2020.


This year’s eight-month fellowship will begin in January 2021, 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.


Following the research planning meeting, the fellows will return to and remain at their home university during the remainder of 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.


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.