Fellowship Components

The 2021 Fellowship will be entirely virtual. Fellows will begin their term by training part-time (5 to 10 hours/week) during the month of May and join their assigned team full-time (up to 40 hours/week) from June 1 to August 31 (depending on their academic calendar). Professional development opportunities and a lunchtime speaker series will be offered throughout the term.


(Stipend provided)

During the May orientation period, fellows will dedicate 5 to 10 hours a week to:

  • becoming familiar with NBR and its people and projects
  • getting to know their supervisors and setting goals
  • attending NBR events and learning about the think tank community

This training period will provide a well-rounded mentoring experience for the fellows in preparation for their full summer position.

Summer Immersion

(Stipend provided)

During the 10- to 12-week summer period, fellows will work with an NBR team according to their career interests. Candidates will indicate their preference for one of the following groups on their fellowship application:

  • Political and Security Affairs – leads research focused on geopolitical issues in Asia such as maritime security, China’s growing power and influence, cross-strait relations, nuclear North Korea, and U.S. relations with allies and partners.
  • Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy – leads research on topics ranging from digital trade and data governance to the impact of emerging technologies, intellectual property protection, supply chains, and trade policy on regional countries’ strategies in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Energy and Environmental Affairs – leads research on how Asia will balance its rising demand for energy with economic growth and action on climate change.
  • Public Affairs and Outreach – enhances the organization’s visibility, impact, and reach to the academic, business, and policy communities (including Congress and the executive branch) through briefings, social media, and other online tools.
  • Publications – assists with the dissemination of NBR research findings through editing and publishing reports, journal articles and roundtables, online content, and monographs.

Over the course of the program, fellows will build skills needed for a career in policy and gain experience in project management, research, writing, and editing. They will assist with project activities, publications, database administration, event planning, and general office support.

With facilitation from an NBR mentor, fellows will have opportunities to attend events and network in the D.C. policy community.

Professional Development

Over the course of the fellowship term, fellows will focus on professional development in areas such as memo writing, project management, and supporting senior staff.

Lunchtime Series

Fellows will have opportunities to engage policy professionals through the Lunchtime Speaker Series. In an informal setting, fellows can ask policy professionals from diverse backgrounds how they navigated their career options and engage in dialogue about key Asia policy issues.

NBR's Washington, DC, team

Congressional briefing