Fellowship Eligibility and Application

The NBR Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship application is now open and will close on March 12, 2023.


The NBR Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship program encourages the applications of students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in the think tank and policymaking communities and are interested in a career in international affairs. The applications period will open in January 2023.

Qualified applicants for the Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship will:

  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Be a community college student, freshman, sophomore, or junior in college with an interest in Asia and U.S. foreign policy

Application Process

NBR will open the fellowship application process for the third class in early January 2023. Completed applications are due on March 12, 2023. A selection committee will review applications, with awards for the second class of fellows announced by mid-April. Fellows will begin their internship training remotely in May and join NBR’s D.C. office for the in-person portion of their fellowship from June through August (depending on academic calendars).

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website:

  • Three required essay questions of no more than 250 words each:
    1. What does this diversity fellowship personally mean to you? How would it help you succeed in school and in your career?
    2. How did you get interested in Asia and foreign policy, and which topics interest you the most?
    3. How has your involvement in community activities and educational, life, and/or work experience contributed to your personal growth?
  • Answers to supplemental questions:
    1. Will you be able to be physically located in Washington, D.C., June through August 2022?
    2. Do you have any relevant work, volunteer, internship, or fellowship experiences? Please list any applicable organization, dates, and responsibilities.
  • An unofficial transcript from your current university.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or academic supervisor.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who can discuss your personal qualities and potential.