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 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. Andray ABRAHAMIAN (USA/UK) is the executive director of Choson Exchange, a Singapore-based non-profit focused on training young North Koreans in economic policy, business and law. He became interested in North Korea following a trip to the DMZ in 2003. This inspired him to complete an MA in international relations at the University of Sussex and a PhD focusing on Western media coverage of North Korea at the University of Ulsan. Dr. Abrahamian has lectured in international relations at the University of Ulsan and has presented on Korean Peninsular issues at Harvard's Kennedy School, the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, various think tanks and other organizations. Dr. Abrahamian's academic interests include intercultural relations, post-colonialism, Orientalisms, hegemony and US-East Asian relations. He is currently based in Beijing and travels frequently to North Korea.