Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship

The Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship program is named after Pacific Forum founder RADM (USN, Ret.) Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey and his wife Lilian.

The Vasey fellowship affords promising scholars from outside the US the opportunity to serve as researchers at the Pacific Forum and to develop hands-on expertise on US-Asia policy issues and gain an appreciation of Indo-Pacific economic and security affairs and policymaking challenges.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Open to non-US citizens
  • A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written skills)
  • Must be eligible for an extended stay in the US
  • 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 office in Honolulu for six months, and is expected to be full time (35 hours per week).  Pacific Forum can accommodate one Fellow at a time, and will select the individual based on the strength of his or her application and match of interests. Pacific Forum will provide roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu and a modest cost-of-living stipend of $3,000 per month. Fellows will spend approximately 50-60 percent of their time on a self-directed research project (with guidance from Pacific Forum senior staff), which should culminate as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights working paper series or other external journal. The remainder of their time will be spent on research supporting Pacific Forum programs, activities, and senior staff research. The Resident Vasey Fellowship is closed for the April 2020 application period.

Duties and responsibilities of the Vasey Fellow

  • Conduct independent research to produce a publishable research paper.
  • Assist and participate in Pacific Forum conferences and Hawaii-based workshops and seminars.
  • Conduct research for Comparative Connections.
  • Conduct research for senior staff on various economic, political, and security issues as may arise.

To apply for the resident fellowship, please complete the online form and include all materials listed below by the October 31 application deadline. 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 Vasey Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a Vasey 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 related to Indo-Pacific economic and security affairs and policymaking challenges. The nonresident Vasey fellow will complete their research project under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates.  The Nonresident Fellow's resarch project should culminate as a research paper that will be published in the Pacific Forum Issues & Insights working paper series or other external journal.  The Nonresident Vasey Fellowship is open for the April 2020 application period.

To apply for the nonresident fellowship, please complete the Nonresident Vasey online form and include all materials listed below by April 30. 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 Vasey Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A description of a research project to undertake as a Vasey Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)

 

Current Vasey Fellow:

Feng Jin is a PhD candidate in the Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research focuses on crisis management, strategic rivalry and Sino-U.S. strategic stability. His academic interests include Sino-U.S. relations, the Indo-Pacific geopolitical and security environment, and arms control. He completed a research internship at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, contributing to a research project relevant to the North Korea nuclear crisis and research on Chinese perspectives on nuclear winter. Previously he studied at China Foreign Affairs University where he concentrated on public diplomacy studies and earned his MA in international relations in 2016.