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

To apply please refer to the Kelly Fellowship main page.

Current Nonresident Kelly Fellows:

Mr. Joshua Nezam is currently a James A. Kelly Non-resident Research Fellow at Pacific Forum. He is also a consultant contracted to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to lead unclassified workshops to teach intelligence analysts about cultural, historical, political, and security issues on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. Previously, Joshua completed a U.S. government-funded Boren National Security Fellowship in Seoul and served as a U.S. Department of State intern at the political section of U.S. Embassy Seoul in 2017. He received advanced degrees in international affairs from both American University in Washington and Korea University in Seoul. He also has experience working at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Asian Studies research program at The American Enterprise Institute. He is proficient in Korean and Spanish.

Mr. Sungwoo (Jabez) Chun 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.

Ms. Grace B. Kim is an Analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), where she focuses on U.S. national security strategy, long-term military competition, and Asia-Pacific security affairs. Previously, she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy, Treasury Department’s East Asia Office, Institute for the Study of War, and Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul. She was a Fulbright recipient in Turkey. She received her M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her B.A. in Politics and Certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Mr. Jaehan Park 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.