Nonresident Kelly Fellows

Description of the Nonresident Kelly Fellowship Program

The Nonresident Kelly Fellowship is open for application to up-and-coming young professionals and scholars whose studies focus on Korean Peninsula and broader Northeast Asian issues. Serious candidates should have proven expertise or demonstrable interest in Korea-related matters. Korean language expertise is not essential but helpful. Non-Resident Kelly Fellows will be identified under the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. They will be given priority to attend conferences focused on Korea and Northeast Asia and will have their writings on the conferences published, individually and collectively, in our Issues & Insights publication series. A description of a research project to undertake as a Kelly Fellow (not to exceed 1,800 words) is required for eligibility.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Open citizenship with a focus on Korea.
  • A bachelor’s degree by the start of the Fellowship.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).

Application Procedure

Pacific Forum is accepting applications year-round for the Non-Resident Kelly Fellowship.

The application packet should include:

  • Nonresident Kelly Fellow application (Download Here)
  • A cover letter detailing interests and why the Pacific Forum Kelly Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation

Applications can be submitted via postal mail or e-mail at:

Attn: Kelly Fellow Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 1-808-599-8690

Current Nonresident Kelly Fellows:

Mr. Sungwoo (Jabez) Chun (ROK) is a M.S. in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. He has developed a strong passion for human security and international development through his life experiences in South Korea and the Ivory Coast. Previously, he worked at the World Bank Treasury (Washington D.C.), Liberty in North Korea (Seoul), and the Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the United Nations (New York). His research focuses include the role of human rights in the North Korean denuclearization process and the U.S.-ROK alliance. Mr. Chun received his B.A. and B.S. in History, Political Science, and Chinese Studies at Sogang University with a magna cum laude honor.

Mr. Son Daekwon (ROK) is a Ph.D Candidate at Peking University, as well as Nonresident Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum. His academic interests include Cold War History, Sino–U.S. relations, the ROK–U.S. alliance, North Korea’s nuclear armament, and China’s nuclear posture. With extensive research experiences in Korea University in South Korea, Peking University in China, Waseda University in Japan, and Pacific Forum in the U.S., he has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and op-eds in Korean, English, and Chinese.

Mr. Jaehan Park (ROK) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Non-resident James A. Kelly fellow at Pacific Forum. Park’s dissertation examines how great powers determine their geopolitical orientation. His research interests include international relations theory, diplomatic history, and national security education. Park holds an M.A. in International Relations from SAIS, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining SAIS, he served as an officer in the Republic of Korea Army.