James A. Kelly Korea Fellowship

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship Program will promote academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies by young Kelly Fellows.

It recognizes the exemplary efforts of Jim Kelly to improve US-ROK relations and encourage the DPRK to denuclearize and join the international community of nations.

The overall objective of the fellowship is to promote stronger US-ROK, US-DPRK, and inter-Korean relations through a variety of Pacific Forum programs. The fellowship makes a deliberate effort to encourage the study of Korean economic and security issues, with particular focus on raising awareness among the next generation of scholars and officials in the US, ROK, and worldwide about the vital role the Korean Peninsula plays in regional and international affairs.

Kelly Fellows will develop their knowledge of  Korean Peninsula issues  through participation in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program, research under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff, and the continuing series of U.S.-ROK and broader tri-/multilateral forums.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open citizenship with a focus on Korea.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills).
  • For non-U.S. citizens, applicant must possess or be eligible for an extended stay visa.
  • Applications for all resident and nonresident fellowships are due on April 30 (for a fellowship beginning in July) and October 31 (for a fellowship beginning in January).

Resident Fellowship
Pacific Forum will select one candidate to be a resident fellow at the Pacific Forum Honolulu office for six months. Fellows will undertake a self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associate and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. Their research paper must be of quality to be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights, or other publication source, by the completion of the fellowship period.

Resident fellows will receive a monthly stipend, roundtrip airfare to Honolulu, travel insurance during the fellowship period, and travel costs to attend up to three conferences.

To apply for the resident fellowship, please complete the online form and submit all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English.  Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • 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
  • A research proposal to undertake as a Kelly Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

Nonresident Fellowship
Pacific Forum offers nonresident fellows the opportunity to complete a year-long, self-directed research project on Korea foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates.

To apply for the nonresident fellowship, please complete the online form and submit all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • 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
  • A research proposal to undertake as a Kelly Fellow (not to exceed 1,800 words)

Current Resident Fellows:

Dong-hyeon Kim is a current resident Kelly fellow and former nonresident Korea Foundation fellow at Pacific Forum. Dong-hyeon’s research explores how the DPRK establishes and develops its nuclear doctrine over time, and more broadly what triggers the evolution of nuclear strategy among different nuclear weapon states. He received his MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts’ Fletcher School, and BA in English Literature from Korea University. Previously he worked as a coordinator for the Korea Project at Harvard’s Belfer Center, and as a Boston Correspondent of JoongAng Media Group interviewing scholars and practitioners on evolving issues of the Korean Peninsula. He served in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army as a translator in G5 Future Operations, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Forces Korea and worked at the President’s Office of the ROK.

Mr. Oleksandr Shykov (USA) holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he concentrated on the International Security Studies in the Asia-Pacific. While at Fletcher, he taught courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Tufts’ first Summer Pre-College Intensive IR program. Previously, Oleksandr worked as a research associate at the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he researched Russia’s cyber operations and disinformation campaigns as well as North Korean nuclear and cyber capabilities. His academic interests include the contemporary history of the Korean Peninsula, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and the U.S. extended deterrence posture in the Asia-Pacific region. He also earned a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.


Current Nonresident 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.